Yes, it's a hyped, hip "Sting" for our times, with goatees, mousse and attitude as part of the update package. It's also Burns's best film since "Saving Private Ryan."
Peter RainerNew York Magazine (Vulture)
By the end of the film, everybody has been triple- and quadruple- and even quintuple-crossed, but the characters still standing all seem to be very pleased with themselves for a job well done. If only we could figure out what the job was exactly.
Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer
Best of all is Hoffman, who hasn't had this much obvious fun since he played Hollywood producer Stanley Motss in "Wag the Dog."
J.R. JonesChicago Reader
Paul Giamatti steals the picture as a sardonic grifter with a phobic terror of dirty toilet seats.
K.J. DoughtonFilm Threat
Despite its handsome cinematography, slathered in thick, neo-noir shades of red and blue, the film has no one to root for. Place your bets on Hoffmans terrific portrayal of a weasely, wisecracking pervert, however, and youre sure to get your moneys worth.
Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
It fails to make us care, even a little, about the characters and what happens to them. There is nothing at stake.
Rene RodriguezMiami Herald
A stale pastiche of crime-caper dramas that goes through all the usual reversals, betrayals and triple-crosses with a sense of weary obligation.
Hordes of good actors evidently lined up to appear in Confidence, which wastes Weisz, Guzman, Logue, Forster, and Paul Giamatti, among others. Midway through, a grizzled Andy Garcia shambles in, chewing on a cigar, as an FBI agent; he's so fatuously hammy that his true narrative function is never in doubt.