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(Fishburne's) performance here, witty and profane, vulnerable and strutting, nearly holds the movie together.
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A film that ultimately feels stagebound and excessively talky, but which showcases an exceptional performance.
While the line-readings are often dead-on, Fishburne's movie suffers from the usual one-room claustrophobia and Mametian repetitions.
The movie remains an actor's exercise--too much dialogue, too much time in the room, too much happening offstage, or in the past, or in memory, or in imagination.
Strong, hard, dirty, funny, moving atmospheric and laced with scabrously musical street dialogue.
Showcases a trio of terrific performances.
Fishburne excels in his triple-threat roles as actor, director and adapter of his own play, and his cast glows under his direction.
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