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by EricDSnider

"We sure like being lied to in movies."
4 stars

To pull off a good con, you gotta have a patsy, a chump, a sucker. Fortunately, movie audiences are full of ‘em, and movies about con artists nearly always do well.

In the style — perhaps too much so — of con movies like “The Grifters,” “The Sting,” and many a David Mamet film, “Confidence” brings absolutely nothing new to the genre. But considering the whole point of the genre is merely to show characters lying to each other, maybe nothing new is required. Lies are always fun, especially if we’re kept guessing as long as the chumps onscreen are.

Jake Vig (Edward Burns) tells us in the opening voice-over, “So I’m dead, and I think it’s because of this redhead.” An intriguing start, and it’s flashbacks from there, back to the introduction of the redhead, Lily (Rachel Weisz), into Jake’s crew of con artists and reprobates.

Jake and the gang rip off a guy who, unfortunately, turns out to be a representative of The King, the most important underworld figure in the land, enacted with playful malevolence by Dustin Hoffman. King gives Jake and friends a chance to redeem themselves by doing a job for him: They have to grift an even bigger fish, Morgan Price (Robert Forster), a banker with even better Mob ties than King has.

This will not be easy, so Jake — against the wishes of his superstitious crew — brings in Lily, a talented pickpocket. In the film for good measure are a couple corrupt cops (Donal Logue and Luis Guzman), an FBI agent (Andy Garcia) and a henchman (Morris Chestnut).

And so it goes. You never know who’s conning whom, or how it will turn out; the ending, I must say, is gleefully unexpected and fun. There’s a little too much dallying in the set-up — just GET to it already — but that doesn’t hinder the overall sense of trash-talking entertainment that marks the film.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell good con artist movie 4 stars
12/25/09 art YOU"D HAVE TO BE A CROOK,TO LIKE THIS MESS! 1 stars
6/16/09 Monday Morning I love caper films - this wasn't the best but IS worth watching. VERY stylish! 4 stars
5/16/07 Bitchflaps Too self-consciously slick for its own good, screenplay contrivances are obvious too. 2 stars
2/21/05 Agent Sands Not the 1st to conquer its premise or characters but it's sure great anyway. Badass finale! 5 stars
10/02/04 monica it's okay for a con artist movie 3 stars
8/06/04 Mark D Only Weisz is strong in this movie 3 stars
5/19/04 FrankB perhaps too stylish, but Hoffman is great 3 stars
2/01/04 Ingo Entertaining popcorn flick with flaws. 3 stars
1/03/04 Faith Only Rachel Weisz delivers a great performance in this bad film 2 stars
10/26/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng A wicked SCAM movie. James Foley is the MAN! 4 stars
8/21/03 Kim Not even the great performance of Rachel Weisz could save this film. 2 stars
7/24/03 Ben Rutherford Excellent, Fun, Great Cast 5 stars
7/22/03 Mr Mayer Other than the good perrformace of Rachel Weisz, the movie is not really worth it. 2 stars
6/26/03 Arlene Titshaw I did like OCEAN'S 11 pretty well, Wolf, but NOT this one. 2 stars
6/17/03 Ed Only Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman come out on top in a con that's not worth it. 3 stars
6/05/03 Erik Van Sant This overlooked crime caper is the coolest flick around. 5 stars
5/11/03 Steve Ellis Out of the good cast, Only Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz do well with what is givin. 3 stars
5/10/03 Wolf The "love scene" should have been left out, but if you liked Ocean's11 you'll like this one 4 stars
5/09/03 joey rome roll with it 4 stars
5/05/03 John Fine but flawed crime movie taken up a notch by a stand out performance by Rachel Weisz 4 stars
5/04/03 Edler Was basically a combo of all the previous grifter/con-man movies of the past 10 years 3 stars
5/02/03 Charlie Udon Good, Not Great. Agree with the majority, Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman stole the show. 3 stars
5/02/03 Nancy Niedzielski I think Weisz was one of the best things in the movie, and she was awful. 'Nuff said? 3 stars
4/30/03 Jack Sommersby An American masterpiece that confirms James Foley as our greatest director. 5 stars
4/30/03 Ross Good caper with Rachel Weisz as the highlight of the whole film 3 stars
4/29/03 Andrew Carden Hoffman & Weisz Give Superb Performances In This Limp, Contrived Action Flick. 3 stars
4/28/03 Kelly I Loved it.... especially Ed Burns, he makes the movie !!!!!!! 5 stars
4/27/03 mike Entertaining, good, funny. The F-word gets used a bit much though. 4 stars
4/26/03 asfdfds fsaddsfafds 1 stars
4/21/03 Paige Top Notch Cast with scene stealing Dustin and Rachel as the highlights of the movie. 4 stars
4/15/03 Dead Ringers FX Rule! The actors and filmmaking were nice. Pretty weak story. Good twist on undeveloped story. 2 stars
4/07/03 Ben Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz Steal The show is this well crafted film. 4 stars
4/05/03 Frank Thomas Sorry, But Rachel Weisz Was the best thing in this so so movie. 2 stars
4/05/03 Jeff Smith Ok, Not great 3 stars
1/23/03 Sean Typical hiest movie that adds nothing to the genre 3 stars
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  25-Apr-2003 (R)
  DVD: 20-Jul-2004



Directed by
  James Foley

Written by
  Doug Jung

  Edward Burns
  Rachel Weisz
  Dustin Hoffman
  Andy Garcia
  Paul Giamatti
  Luis Guzmán

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