'The Game' Critic Reviews

94%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
71%
Rotten Tomatoes:   55 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    The Game is an intensely exciting puzzle-gimmick thriller, the kind of movie that lets you know from the start that it's slyly aware of its own absurdity (which is why it can then get away with it).
    Full Review » 17 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Douglas, who delivers a new shade of cruel elegance each time he plays another urbane monster, is the ideal star for this vigorously contrived thriller.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    A crowd-pleasing pip most of the way.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's like the most hideously overproduced episode of The Twilight Zone on record, complete with a last twist that pretty much reduces what came before to soap bubbles.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Douglas is the right actor for the role. He can play smart, he can play cold, and he can play angry. He is also subtle enough that he never arrives at an emotional plateau before the film does, and never overplays the process of his inner change.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This 1997 thriller is fairly entertaining nonsense if all you're looking for is 128 minutes of diversion. But if you'd like something more from David Fincher, the director of Seven, don't get your hopes up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Regardless of how far one chooses to buy into The Game -- and the ending ambiguously suggests that it could go on and on -- there is no doubt as to Fincher's staggering expertise as a director and his almost clinical sense of precision.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Charles Taylor Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    As it's unspooling on screen, the film is hugely entertaining, but there are several significant plot holes that grow wider the more closely they're investigated.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Matthew Sorrento Film International
    50
    [N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Sawin Examiner.com
    100
    Well-written, expertly paced, and undeniably riveting, The Game is perhaps most impressive in the way it strips down the Nicholas Van Orton character. The whole process is very layered and each layer breaks down Nicholas even more than the last.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    63
    This is one of those movies that's so tightly written and densely plotted, it leaves no room for error -- or viewer queries. Unfortunately, the questions will start flying even before the picture's over.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    Good looking, tightly controlled thriller. An exhilarating ride that prepares the ground for Fight Club.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Maitland McDonagh TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Sure, it strains credulity, but it's clever, well-paced and builds to a spectacular -- if not altogether satisfying -- conclusion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    17
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star
    100
    "The Game" is a thrilling end run of deception in which a master manipulator is masterfully manipulated.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    The film's 'message' about complacency transformed by chaos and uncertainty is hackneyed...
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    84
    A solid original screenplay -- one of the best out of Hollywood this year.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Dragan Antulov rec.arts.movies.reviews
    70
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jim Shelby Palo Alto Weekly
    88
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    67
    The Game is one of those films that requires the viewer to suspend his disbelief to a great extent, but offers pretty good entertainment in return for that effort.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Margaret A. McGurk Cincinnati Enquirer
    60
    The Game is something more than a stylish thriller, though it dishes up style and thrills in abundance.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Kevin N. Laforest Montreal Film Journal
    63
    You know how some films could be great or have indeed some great moments, but for some reason, are disappointing? This piece is exactly in that category.
    Full Review » 12 years ago