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Sujit R. Varma
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Written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Tony Shimkin (as Anthony Shimkin)
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By the numbers con game made good by the very great performances of Dustin Hoffman , Rachel Weisz and Ed Burns
A mediocre script that is saved by the performances of its actors. Ed Burns does pretty good job as the lead in this film and Dustin Hoffman whose brief appearance here shows how a true legend works. Rachel Weisz makes this film a lot of fun with her performance as a sexy female con, and Andy Garcia continues to make himself into one of the great character actors of our generation. The big problem this movie has is its script, and the plot holes and continuity problems that come with it. You can tell that the story really was not though out well, and you can see the rewrites in some of the scenes in the film. Maybe if the script were more though out, we would have had a better movie than we have here right now.
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