The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) - Crime, Drama, Thriller

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98

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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow
Length: 139 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 171 out of 710 found boring (24.08%)

One-line Reviews (620)

Matt Damon seems like he was willing to perform, but slid into being boring instead of being understated.

The main turning point of the film is just halfway through, and before that the film starts to get very repetitive and almost boring.

To me that is what is the most intriguing part of the film.

Over-hyped but enjoyable even if over-long .

Two People walked out of the theater I was at, and I fell asleep during parts of the movie.

I found this movie to be thrilling, and honestly, confusing.

It's a terribly thrilling movie that keeps you wondering what will happen next.

The film is well directed, the story is involving and compelling a truly flawless thriller.

Although sometimes maligned as a bad career choice for Damon, it is anything but, being a totally riveting and memorable film .

The Talented Mr. Ripley is one stunning piece of film.

Paltrow seemed a little wasted in the part- but the Jazz was great and the story compelling.

His growing fixation with (or perhaps Ripley would see it as devotion) the flighty but irresistible Dickie Greenleaf (a superb performance from the always excellent Jude Law), makes occasionally for uncomfortable viewing, and (FIRST SPOILER) the horror of the row-boat scene is all the more gripping and emotionally draining because of it.

The movie is trying to be sophisticated but ends up being dead boring.

His approach is to distract by focusing on intense acting to fill multidimensional characters.

When I think of director Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, what I remember most is that breathtaking Italian scenery.

The story takes a twisted and confusing turn as Ripley kills Dickie and goes back home and attempts to impersonate Dickie.

Very suspenseful movie, well-acted and well-filmed.

It's entertaining enough.

Pretty much south from there, I was snuggled up in my chair yawning to death when WHOA!

The drama was intense, the actors were wonderful, and the directing was great.

The problem is that the film is just far too long at 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The film stands on its own as an entertaining, creepy, thoughtful, beautiful to look at piece of film-making.

The movie was a waste of my time.

This was one of those situations where I was in denial that Matt Damon could be in such an utterly boring film, that I kept watching, certain that it would pick up and surprise me.

I found the pacing of the movie to be way too slow.

And when it does end, it's sudden, unexpected, and without climax.

Great, entertaining stuff.

The whole Highsmith story is probably a lot more intense.

Besides the beautiful scenery of Italy and the attractive cast, I believe this to be a truly compelling movie.

Intelligent and Gripping.

Anthony Minghella's amazing adaptation takes a competent thriller and explores the inner mechanics of this rather conventional genre, turning Ripley into a fascinating and unforgettable character study.

An intriguing little thriller .

) Now some of this I'm sure is intentional in order to enhance the meting out of this complex tale of mystery; however, I think that Minghella's delivery of drama often mistakes confusion and unclarity for suspense.

Then I was shocked at how the movie dumps the most interesting character, eliminates the jazz and stoops to a boring game of imitate and evade.

Only Jude Law's great performance keeps this from being a movie of boring people walking around.

Instead it's an intelligent, intriguing and very dark insight into the life of a complex character who is at war with himself.

It's fascinating to watch Damon during this performance, he manages to be awkward, self doubting and confused while deciding and then suddenly spring to life with purpose and conviction, often the coldness that showed in Law's main character trait is taken as his.

I am all for "slow" movies.

" I can name on one hand, with a finger left to spare, all the movies I have walked out on.

itll only ruin the sheer beauty/mystery of this film-plein soliel was difficult to follow (i dont speak french) but even if i could it'd be switcheed off as it certainly wasnt as entertaining nor did it have that mystical touch.

We learn how confusion about one's identity and the jealousy and obsession for the "perfect" person(which you only wish could be you) can mix together and create a horrible emotion.

My friend and I got so bored we didn't even finish watching it that night!

I must say that I found this film to be quite odd in many respects, yet it held my interest throughout, even to its unpredictable ending.

This film, a remake of the French was far superior to the original, which was as dull and lifeless as the above-mentioned American remakes.

Each supposedly shocking event is entirely predictable, we are supposed to be stunned by Ripley's actions when instead we are bored.

Unfortunately, Minghella was unable to create a suspenseful and interesting film in the style of the "Master.

This film is bone-crushingly suspenseful.

Far too long and where was the psychopathic element to Ripley ?

Honestly, I was pretty bored by this movie...

In fact, Ripley is so fascinating I found myself turning against Gwyneth Paltrow's character, who is the only one 'on' to him.

His smile is cliche and annoying.

I think this was the worst movie I saw all year.

After his wonderful performance as Will Hunting Matt Damon found himself on the a-list and here he continues that riveting drama acting in a performance that opens in an electric and sharp manner.

The Italian locations are breathtaking in color.

The central plot becomes lethargic and sometimes the character's actions are confusing as the story shoots off into numerous sub-plots without deciding which one to focus upon.

the story starts out very simply ..so simple that one may even presume the movie to turn out as a lacklustre and boring movie...

I found the plot unthinkably slow, and the characters nearly impossible to like.

One of the major criticisms that I have heard about the film is that it is confusing.

The story line was long and dragged out and never got on track.

Unfortunately the plot is as manipulative as any hollywood junk and before you know it youre being led through 2 hours of the ups and downs of predictable murders and narrow escapes.

Long, Slow & Boring .

what a waste of time and money.

Scenery enjoyable and moody jazz filled soundtrack.

The confusing part was the ending when he met another person, a homosexual named Peter (Jack Davenport).

Overall The Talented Mr. Ripley is an intriguing dramatic thriller with great performances, an interesting premise and presentation, and a great overall atmosphere.

I would like to conclude this review by saying that this is a very good movie with an unusually unpredictable ending; it's nice to see a movie that doesn't finish perfectly for a change.

I found it too long, too drawn out and overwhelmingly dull.

The victims - Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie, Jude Law (setting just the right tone) as Dickie Greenleaf, and Jack Davenport as Peter Smith-Kingsley - are mainly presented as peripheral, while all revolves around Damon's yawn-inducing Ripley, self-centred, disturbed, and close to crack-up.

The film is fascinating and completely pulls you in.

"The Talented Mr. Ripley" is a very intriguing motion picture.

Save your money.

The plot slowly develops, and watching Ripley's obsession with Dickie emerge is fascinating.

Okay, he does some stuff, but the stuff he does (which he does a few times) gets boring.

Confusing, boring costume drama trying to be a thriller .

I actually fell asleep towards the end.

I found it predictable in places and aimless in others.

The director was obviously at a loss on where to wrap up this film, it dragged on for another hour or so.

Waste of Time .

THE FILM HAS GOT COOL STORY, GREAT ACTORS (JUDE LAW, WHOM I ADORED IN GATTACA, WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES BY THE WAY) AND AN AWARD-WINNING (i forgot that it was for this cheesy-boring-to-death english patient)DIRECTOR.

This tongue-in-cheek thriller is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

His specialty is cutting a scene with its sound to follow and it proves effectively in this suspenseful drama.

Overall, this film is certainly worth watching and kept my eyes fixed to the screen for the full 130 minutes.

Jude Law's Dickie is attractive, exciting, and more appealing than Ripley in every way.

gwyneth was ultra-thin as usual ( also ultra-boring as usual) damon should have spent more time in makeup -- his face, covered in brown moles, pimples, and other blemishes, looked awful.

It was a bit lengthy, with a 2 Hour- 19 Minute runtime, but it was quite enjoyable, overall.

Although its end was a little TOO expected (it was obvious that Peter was going to die)and TOO UNexpected (the movie shouldn't end like that, maybe they did it 'cause it was way TOO long-2 hours and a half), the movie got me and didn't let out till the end.

I, myself found it intriguing and my eyes were glued the the screen.

The acting may have been good, the story line may have been good, the cinematography may have been good, BUT it doesn't change the fact that this movie was slow moving, uninteresting in its implementation and a bad adaptation of what sounds like a good book.

At the end of the movie, they are together on a boat, and nothing happens to Mr. Ripley, except that he disguises himself as Dickie still.

This seems to be the only movie that really matches Fight Club, which were both movies dull, plain, and boring enough to be described as "Nothing happens".

The characters are so engaging that I didn't even feel tempted to look at my watch.

There are too many boring characters populating the landscape (many that weren't in the book).

Overrated & Shallow…A Pretty Psychopath & Uninteresting Upper Class .

I found it riveting how the plot and the director focus in on the scheming of Ripley, allowing the audience to be swept up in his improvisation and daring manner of always running under the knife.

Throughout the movie, it seemed to me that the director had run out of ideas and didn't know exactly what to do with the characters, so the story kept being dragged and dragged and dragged to the point of being ridiculous, nothing made sense.

What I saw instead was an incredible waste of time.

" I couldhardly stay awake for the first 45 minutes(it felt like hours)and FINALLY after something DID happen, it became a little to doabout something which turned into another yawn.

Yet, much to my mild surprise, this turned out to be an intriguing and deeply compelling journey - the journey of a very twisted, dishonest individual, and the tragic effect he has on the people he interacts with.

It is the first movie that I almost walked out on in the theater.

Jude Law Comes Off Better and Philip Seymour Hoffman is Riveting in Another Show Stealing Supporting Performance.

A confusing, inconsistent mess.

Top notch cast and intriguing storyline.

The whole film is absolutely enthralling, and it kept me literally on the edge of my seat for more that half its length.

What I got instead was a long and confusing film with a one-dimensional cartoon character Tom Ripley played by Damon, and a climax that we wait so long for, that when it finally arrives your long past snoring in your seat.

Ho-hum.

It makes for a fascinating dynamic that is never explored, since after the murder Paltrow has nothing to do except get more and more suspicious (a tough motivation to play).

The movie is brilliant and Tom's character is fascinating.

To be a 9 or a perfect 10 any movie should have something in addition to perfect acting, such things as extraordinary special effects, mind blowing twists or exceptional plot.

It dragged on and was pretty darn boring really.

By opting to ignore the typical devices used to create suspense, he crafted an intriguing psychological study.

This was the absolute worst movie that I have ever seen.

Intriguing psychological study...

As in the same director's "The English Patient", the film was greatly enhanced by its stunning photography (by John Seale who was also director of photography for "The English Patient")of exotic locations, in this case Italy.

Jon Monsarrat review: Too slow paced for me .

Anthony Minghella does a fine job on the cinematography and choice of beautiful locations in Italy, but his crafting of the story left it predictable and flaccid.

This film is far too long and nothing REALLY happens.

It was incredibly boring.

A muddled, idiotic story with a very bland Damon.

I wanted to turn it off once Dickie was dead--and I knew that that point would come.

The movie, while probably not a thriller per se (there was nothing to make the viewer gasp or jump out of his seat), was suspenseful and, even though a visit to the restroom was desperately needed, this viewer was glued to his seat.

Nothing happened at all, NOTHING.

Overall this is a great film but not because the story is great because, during the film, the main story is simple and some viewers may be bored by it.

The Pros to this movie: Excellent Actors/Actresses; Excellent acting; Very interesting story; Suspenseful; and Engaging.

This movie kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

Anthony Minghella turns what could have been a taut, Hitchcockian thriller into a giant snoozer by giving it the "serious movie" treatment.

A Fascinating Study .

What a snooze fest.

)it become boring and so unbeleivably long!!!!!

The "Dull" Mr. Ripley .

A film of stunning depth.

This movie is tailored to the artsy fartsy type.

The acting is first-rate (particularly Jude Law in another stunning performance), the cinematography luscious and the story intriguing.

I think this one was really exciting and had its really great and suspenseful moments.

Dreadful, tedious movie.

As noted by Jude Law's character he was boring!

I guess it is the screenwriter's fault, not hers, that she has such a tedious and familiar role.

The acting made the film enjoyable and watchable.

Confusing as to why he did the last thing (not saying it, to save spoilers) and very much emotional.

It was a bit long too - it just kind of dragged on at the end.

It's one of the only movies I've seriously considered walking out of, and in hindsight, I should have walked out.

I found this film boring and extremely disappointing.

It had an intriguing plot.

In fact, the most compelling aspect of this movie is that you never truly know Tom Ripley's motivation.

The film was also unpredictable and the ending was one of the best I have ever seen for a film of this caliber.

But for a film to be engaging, there must be an escallation in suspense, that never-ending feeling of uncertainty as the story progresses to its inexorable climax.

The Talented Mr Ripley is a novel dipped in dense psychology and intriguing human interaction.

Seldom have I seen such breathtaking cinematography.

Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is a bland, ordinary individual who longs to become someone else other than the nobody who is himself.

The first hour of the movie was incredible and I enjoyed it very well.

In short, if you have an appreciation for suspenseful/powerful/beautiful movies, go see The Talented Mr. Ripley yourself and you won't regret it.

Thought provoking and entertaining, and even if a touch over long, well worth seeing.

The film is darker, heavier, and slower than it appears to be.

The Exceedingly Boring Mr. Ripley .

tense, edgy, flinchy, but drawn out - ultimately, way too long.

I am astounded by the number of reviewers who complained that they were bored by this movie.

If you like movies like "Men In Black" or "Independance Day" you will not like this movie, because it contains no explosions -- however, you will probably be dragged to see it because of your girlfriend.

It should be heavily noted that this film STARTS SLOW, as many have said and probably judged it that way.

Everything; right from the manner in which the starting credits are shown (especially the way the movie title is presented) to stunning camera angles, from some great vantage points.

He's his brother and then he finds him boring.

This movie had great cinematography, superb acting and interesting ideas, but the pacing seemed off and it dragged quit a lot in places.

Making it enormously suspenseful.

As playful as AMERICAN BEAUTY is earnest, as gleefully narcissistic (all those mirrors and surfaces reflecting nothing but itself) as BEAUTY is gravely self-regarding, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY is one of the most purely enjoyable films to come out of Hollywood in years, an audience-baiting jeu d'esprit such as Hitchcock might have made if he's been allowed (oh, he did: PSYCHO).

It is a fascinating take on human nature.

UNPREDICTABLE.

The characters are bland and you hardly get to know them.

Pointless .

Much better than "The English Patient" which I thought was one of the most overrated and boring movies I have ever seen.

While superb for 1/2 and quite entertaining for 2/3, Ripley loses steam when it ceases to become plausible and [semi-spoiler] really finds no resolution to any of the conflicts it presents.

To sum things up: Definatly THE most boring film I saw this year.

Compelling if Pessimistic Portrait of the Human Psyche and Society .

Unexpected Turn-Abouts' .

Thoughtful psychological study or perversely entertaining?

I've heard Ebert and others say it is fascinating to watch the development of Ripley.

Cate Blanchett is wonderful as the bored debutante looking for love in all the wrong places.

The script is very well written, and the cinematography is lush, but Anthony Minghella's direction really does use both to make a compelling film.

Now, if that is the way they wanted it to be so as to leave us with the idea that situations like this can never be resolved, then I guess fine.

The whole movie dragged on and on, from one thing (I can't even remember what) to another.

i could predict every move every character made (not a good sign, anthony) by the way, anthony, the homosexual longing between the characters of Tom Ripley and Dickie was pointless as most of the audience was chuckling (especially at the bath scene) as they were intelligent and KNEW that neither of the actors (Damon or Jude Law) would ever do anything more than glance with desire at each other.

Matt Damon is a Bland, Supposedly Talented but Mostly Lucky, Mr. Ripley that is Neither Engaging or that Involving.

It's well-written, clever, complex, intriguing, suspenseful, stylish, powerful, with a great, surprising final scene.

You've got to give a movie credit of some sort for making Gwyneth Paltrow uninteresting.

On the down side, the film is a little slow in parts, is rather over-long and at times, like Tom Ripley, tries to be a bit too clever for its own good.

My conclusion - the most pointless, meaningless movie I've seen in a long time.

Damon is unforgettable as an amoral but fascinating character whom we even sympathize with by film's end.

It's a boring movie that doesn't excited me a second...

With a corrupt conclusion the film is well crafted by director Anthony Minghella but way too predictable and laden with clichés.

What follows is a complex, disturbing and fascinating expose of a man ingratiating himself into the lives of Dickie, his girlfriend Marge and high society on the whole...

(To understand what I mean by this see the film, on second thought don't waste your time and money.

If this movie were any slower it would go in reverse.

Slow perhaps, but absorbing thriller with beautiful scenery .

The acting was superb, the directing was extraordinary and the scenery was breathtaking at times.

The cinematography was stunning, using every bit of the wonderful sets and scenery of 50's Italy.

Initially the slow decent into evil is interesting and the cast holds up.

If you want to see a movie at this length, then by all means go see "The Green Mile" instead of the very dull "Mr.

To address the opinions of other reviewers:* The movie is too long - The movie does start off slowly; the first 40 minutes are mainly exposition and set-up for the "meat" of the story.

Everything about the film, including Minghella's flawless direction, the breathtaking cinematography and a razor sharp script, combine to form an unforgettable movie experience.

This film was boring and a waste of two and a half hours of my life.

I felt empty upon leaving the theater.

Ho hum.

I went to the theater expecting from Mr. Ripley a suspenseful and artistic masterpiece.

Try the incredible acting, the beautiful dialogue/screenplay, and the absolutely breathtaking direction of Anthony Minghella.

SNORE.

Waste Of Time .

It's an engaging story, one that has the marks of a thriller, but is too slow moving to be one.

Probably just another Hollywood product when fresh ideas run slow, so they turn back to history.

This movie is definitely worth watching.

I was bored throughout the second half and was praying that the situation would PLEASE JUST UNRAVEL!

His Ripley is a better written character than Delon's and his performance is top notch, but Delon was breathtaking on the screen.

It's toooo long, toooo slow moving, and has very little action.

All of the characters seemed so contrived, so artificial, that I could never suspend my disbelief for a moment.

The acting is also great, an underrated performance was given by Matt Damon, he was absolutely stunning and a largely popular performance by Jude Law, who was realistic and powerful!

You folks have quite a little racket going in making the rest of us feel inadequate because we want a film to have compelling characters and move forward.

Unwatchable on so many levels .

I got up, leaving my wife with the other couple we were spending an evening with, and walked out of the theater, cleared my head of the images still stuck in it, then walked into a different theater in the multiplex that was showing "Galaxy Quest" and happily let this simple comedy wash my brain of any remnants of "The Talented Mr. Ripley.

It had its okay moments, but on whole I found this film boring and wouldn't recommend anybody to watch it.

Slow, boring, a who cares plot.

Talk about boring!

That said, Damon does a great job in the lead role of this boring film.

So I was convinced that it was going to be more like "The English Patient" - A slow, boring film going at the pace of Speedy the Wonderslug that was like a travel book of North Africa as opposed to a REAL movie.

Yet, it is also a moment filled with intense sadness for it arises out of a complexity of emotions and feelings with which we can all, strangely, identify.

no bitties or snatch, just Jude Law and Matt Damon's buttocks (probably the most exciting part and I'm not gay).

An enduring, classic, gorgeous, fascinating journey .

The plot is fantastic (if somewhat drawn out), and the uneasy reactions the plot elements elicit--sympathy for a person who should not be sympathetic--make for great cinema, the kind that one has a visceral reaction to.

The movie seems to be kind of dull in the beginning until the scene where Tom Ripley murders Dickie.

You will hate the characters, the story, and the dull plodding nature of this sick film.

The directing and cinematography are compelling, and the story itself is fantastic.

Gwyneth Paltrow did a stunning job as Marge.

Matt Damon is absolutely convincing in the title role, and along with Jude Law's Dickie Greenleaf, provides the viewer with an incredibly fascinating character study.

The scenery and Italy is mind blowing.

"The talented Mr. Ripley" is rather fascinating.

Terribly Boring, Terribly, Skip it, not even for rental .

First of all, it is way too long and should have clocked in under 2 hours instead of a meandering 2 hrs, 20 minutes.

Riveting Study of a Fractured Personality .

However, I did find a stunning revelation: this movie suffers from the exact same problems as BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (in my opinion anyway).

Although given minimal screen time, Cate Blanchett, is thoroughly engaging as the vacuous heiress whiling away her time and money because she thinks that's what she's supposed to do.

Spoilers: Tom's slide into madness and violence is fascinating (and convincing).

I Loved the English Patient and I certainly love Ripley and i think Minghella is a stunning filmmaker.

It was a highly entertaining, intelligent and gripping drama/thriller that had me intrigued!

Talented acting in a somewhat boring film .

Ripley wasn't very smart, just lucky, don't waste your time!

Don't Waste Your Time .

Expecting thrills and a fast-paced film, what was seen was an overdrawn and dull film.

Visually/Acustically Stunning -- Disturbing Story .

As an actor, he straddles two difficulties: 1) playing someone who's such a nondescript entity that he both envies and despises the idle American rich, 2)making the character intriguing enough for the audience not to lose interest in him, because it is his story and he does carry the film.

I really was not interested in seeing this movie, and I thought I would leave the theater unsatisfied.

The story walks along, never really running too much, and keeps you going along with an even pace taking you along with Ripley on his slow descent and watching as his mind calculates what to do at each major obstacle.

Boring and TOO LONG .

I thought this movie was slow, and boring.

Now, character study movies can be fascinating.

just like in case of an english patient, this movie is entertaining for first 30 minutes (and it's something like 160 minutes long!

The story was good in the beginning but it began to get slow as the investigation went on, and they'd have to be pretty s**t investigators if they couldn't figure out what was obviously in front of them.

An Odd, Intriguing And - Yes - 'Strange' Film .

Intense .

The cinematography is breathtaking, and the picture is wonderfully acted.

zzzZZZzz .

It proved to me that Anthony Minghella can make something exciting.

As one might expect, things take a distinctly unpleasant turn for the worse when Dickie gets bored of Ripley's company.

Boasting magnificent performances from all involved and some truly breathtaking cinematography, it's well worth the time and money spent on it.

After a fascinating first half, the film loses steam for me until the last ten minutes.

Granted, I am being a bit unfair, because it was shown on a private channel with advertisement breaks dragging this thing out to a truly unbearable 2 hours and 35 minutes.

However, the whole bit of Tom masquerading to be Dickie, I found took up half the film, for it just dragged on and on, which resulted this film in getting nowhere.

Spending time with young Greenleaf Junior, Ripley finds the man increasingly intriguing and begins to fall in love with him.

_the talented Mr. Ripley_ is compelling at first but gets confusing and even boring.

I saw a comercial for this when I went to see the new James Bond movie, (The World is not Enough) and it looked awesome, but when I went to see it, I was so disapointed, After about 12 people left the theater (There was only about 23 there) My freinds and I left too and got our money back.

The gripping, disquieting, intriguing and anxiety-ridden tale of Mr Ripley .

This is THE worst movie I have ever seen.

Worst movie of the year.

Her scenes of ultimate confusion, fright, and desperation has really put her up there with my favorite actresses.

I don't think that movies based upon books should follow slavishly their source (for instance, the recent verbatim movie transcription of Harry Potter is for me a pointless exercise).

The Intense, Complicated and Very Talented Mr. Ripley .

The premise sounded exciting and the cast seemed excellent.

Even so, the first half of the movie is unusual, idyllic, suspenseful, with a sense of doom.

The viewer was not given any opportunity to identify with the characters or the story, thus detracting from the interest of this slowly paced movie.

"Dickie Bird" a Gilbert and Sullivan reference betokening the empty-headed fool dancing towards his doom to the tootling of some vapid jingle, "Poor little Dickie Bird....

I also think that the vague and rather empty quality of Matt Damon's Ripley is more appropriate since Ripley is supposed to be someone who is uninteresting and never really himself.

Plus a total waste of money.

Maybe some of this would have seemed sharper and fresher if the film moved along more briskly, but instead, everything is drawn out so much that things just get boring.

This movie did nothing to make me feel good, think about life, enjoy a moment in time, or anything constructive, this was a total waste of time.

Don't be put off by how long it is, it is worth the watch.

It was slow-moving, tedious, very indulgent at times.

Matt Damon is solid as the eponymous character, and the fascinating execution of this complex tale really works .

But the movie was dumb and a waste of time to see.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is ominous and foreboding, suspenseful and exciting, slow and emotional.

The Long-Winded and Mainly Uninteresting Mr. Ripley .

Suspenseful Story, Well Acted and Masterfully Directed .

it reeks of self-indulgence, and compounding its slow pacing, long running time and meandering storyline one wonders whether a plot or editor were to be seen anywhere within the vicinity of this project.

The plot was slow and it royally sucked.

When I popped this film into my VCR I was expecting an evening on the edge of my seat.

The film gets more and more intriguing as it gets along.

Minghella's take on this dark, but fascinating story does not come out its flaws nor does it break the boundaries of any cinematic element, it is finely crafted piece of work that can some can somewhat admire.

Anyway, the film is suspenseful, shocking, and disturbing at the end.

Just being honest - I was pretty bored.

Either way, I found Tom to be one fascinating bastard.

Anthony Minghella's amazing adaptation takes a competent thriller and explores the inner mechanics of the genre, turning Ripley into a fascinating and unforgettable character study.

The cinematography alone is breathtaking.

It is the hallmark of directory Minghella's films that people walk out of the theater divided in their opinions.

Jude Law does a splendid role and Matt Damon is far to be a surprise but he remains a fascinating artist using each detail with high precision of his role.

I still left the theater with chills down my spine.

Even though it's a good movie, I think the ending was somewhat disappointing and depressing, since I was waiting for something to happen at the end, but nothing happened.

This is one suspenseful movie.

But that doesn't stop Dickie form buying a beautiful sailboat, living in a stunning villa on the coast of Italy, and living it up to the fullest every minute.

The cinemotogrophy is breathtaking and the jazz theme adds to its romantic flare.

People's lack of ambition in life is dispiriting, but one can't suffer any real spiritual misery or crisis while viewing this picture, it's far too dull to get worked up about.

Murder and deceit spiral out of control until a shocking and unfinished ending will leave you feeling empty and wanting more.

The film goes on for too long and in all sorts of pointless directions.

waste of time, boring, horrible .

Jude Law turns out a stunning performance as the charismatic Dickie Greenleaf.

If you like Merchant Ivory films and other things of this genre, you will enjoy this movie because it has things which appeal to you: lavish sets, serious actors, a pretentious plot, and a long running time.

Riveting, haunting psychological thriller .

The plot of this movie is so complex and intriguing, and the weird thing is that you find yourself rooting for the bad guy (I least I did).

Though "The Talented Mr. Ripley" didn't live up to my expectations, I still regard Anthony Minghella as one of the most interesting filmmakers of today and it'll be exciting to wonder where he's going to next.

A complete and utter waste of time, seriously, I couldn't wait for the movie to end, I kept saying to myself, give it a chance, it might get better, oh boy I was wrong .. BTW, are we supposed to root for Mr. Ripley?

The plot was fascinating, changing very well from simple and jovial into a terrible and disturbing story.

A strong cast, excellently directed, gorgeous settings, and a suspenseful plot, with Jude Law delivering both the strongest performance and the most intriguing character.

Think this must have been one of the most boring movies I've ever watched.

" Like that movie (also utterly gripping and deceptive), this one has characters rather like you or me, or an idealized you or me (we can't all live on the coast of Italy).

If you can forget about plausibility I think you will find, all in all, that the ride is intriguing and generally compelling.

" Furthermore, it helps us understand the characters, because hell, if I were there, I wouldn't want to leave either.

It is an art-house movie that has been boldly introduced into the mass market through the clever use of likable actors, breathtaking cinematography, and excellent technicalities all around.

If you're expecting a gripping thriller, may I suggest Breakdown or Arlingtown Road instead.

In that case, a good deal of the credit for the exploration into these fascinating characters must go to the director.

..a thrilling drama all around.. .

Although TTMR is too long, I will give it credit for sticking to its central plot, rather than de-evolving into pointless sub-plots that another "slow-moving" film did this year AS I said earlier, TTMR has the same problems as BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.

As I said above, the plot turns are ultimately predictable, once you catch on to the basic premise of the movie.

Damon's character Ripley is one of the most fascinating in recent memory, completely amoral and yet oddly compelling-- the perfect anti-hero.

Some may consider the film slow and dragging.

A sensational script adaptation, stunning Italian locations and an extraordinary supporting cast.

The Mostly Pointless Mr. Ripley .

Brilliant, fantastic, thrilling (10/10 rating).

This film is absolutely riveting from the first moment to the last.

Don't waste your time.

Minghella takes from the pages of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name to orchestrate a compelling, if somewhat flawed tale of a man consumed by corruption and deceit when the things make a horribly wrong turn.

This movie was far too long.

Cate Blanchett is on hand to look dorky and to blow the cover in the most predictable denoument imaginable.

The entire movie was entertaining, keeping you hooked from beginning to end, wondering what exactly was going to happen next.

There are two fascinating central performances by Jude Law and Matt Damon.

stunning location photography...

It is abominably slow.

Very suspenseful.

Besides lying, Tom has the talent of impressions and forgery, and when Dickie goes to extremes when telling Tom he's boring, Tom kills him.

A visualy stunning film like Anthony Minghella's previous 'THE ENGLISH PATIENT'.

One of the worst movies ever .

Beautifully written and directed by Anthony Minghella and starring an ensemble cast of first-rate young actors (Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett and Phillip Seymour Hoffman), the film brings us back to a time when mystery films derived their power not merely from the creation of an ingeniously contrived story but, more importantly, from an intense focus on the many-layered ambiguities and ambivalent morality of its main characters.

To BE fair, there are a few scenes that are dead-on creepy (I can't give any away because of spoilers), but the final result seems like a big "ho-hum.

Tom and Dickie become friends, but some bad things will happen and everything will take an unpredictable way.

A mentally lingering minor masterpiece that revolves around a lonely rootless man who might be an empty husk that fills itself with clever tricks.

Great acting, slow story, huge let down of an ending.

The Talented Mr. Ripley was quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.

His last shot is masterly -- backing into a closet, the empty wire coat hangers jangling, the closet door shuts.

It's a bit long, and boring at times.

Way , way to boring.

A fair, but confusing movie .

They live in a world of their own, authors, and are inexplicably in love with and endlessly fascinated with the boring and facile characters they create which bare so little reality to their real life counterparts and the real grief they engender.

Anthony Minghella's direction is more than solid, and this is helped by the stunning photography, courtesy of 1950's Italy.

If the movie had been a little more edge-of-your-seat intense I might have liked it more, but regardless it was thoroughly enjoyable.

long and boring.

An intense, thinking-person's thriller .

Soon enough however, Ripley changes his identity again, and it is fascinating and compelling to see it.

An intelligent young woman raised to be an empty-headed breeder.

Elegant, dramatic, fascinating, mysterious, exciting......

This was a painstakingly slow movie.

The subtleties Matt Damon brings to his performance are breathtaking.

It was slow and poorly acted and the script was terrible.

The film lacked twists and thrills, it was just a dull drama.

This was a slow, boring, tedious movie that had me sitting on the edge of my seat -- so I could get up and leave.

A great cast, great soundtrack, beautiful location, unfortunately it had no story and only one loosely woven plot.

I find it difficult to believe that the genre for it is listed as thriller, as it is extremely slow moving and, at times, mind-numbingly so.

Every scene seems way too long, every conversation drawn out.

Gwyneth Paltrow,(Marge),"Sylvia",'03, was very much in love with Dickie Greenleaf and found Tom Ripley very entertaining and funny.

I expected The Talented Mr Ripley to be a boring repeat of 1996 overrated smash hit, The English Patient.

Add to this the breathtaking scenery and cinematography and the diverse musical score (jazz, opera, symphonic) and intelligent script writing and it's a thoroughly fine film.

Matt Damon's part was good acted but also very confusing and I don't understand some things in the movie.

His father believes he has been sailing and schmoozing in Italy for far too long.

)Once it had finished my friend and I just looked at each other in confusion!!

All-in-all, a very enjoyable film.

Because of acting this movie is breathtaking an involving and represents one great experience and one hell of a ride.

Despite the casting of Matt Damon and the mediocre plot, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is still worth watching, owing mostly to the original concept and story from the source material.

Gwyneth Paltrow was her usual bland self.

Tom has become annoying, boring, and even a little homosexual around Dickie.

It was nice to see the director develop Tom Ripley into his "counter-character", but it was just too drawn out.

The locales in Italy are visually stunning.

The demise of Dickie, THE CENTRAL MOMENT OF THE STORY, is awkwardly contrived, seeming to come from nowhere and feeling out of place rather than organic and plausible.

Spooky and Suspenseful!.

I found it hard to get through as it was so long and so slow in some spots.

All in all, a riveting, provocative, haunting film.

Quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen .

The acting was strong but the story and just the overall movie was a complete bore.

When Patricia Highsmith introduced the sociopath Tom Ripley to audiences in her 1955 novel, I have a feeling she knew that she had created one of the most fascinating villains ever.

One of the biggest waste of time movies I have seen .

CG effects is what drives other movies, skilled acting, authentic environments and folks, and a complex non-linear non-predictable storyline is what drives this movie.

So in summary, the movie was beautiful and tedious.

Together with his partner in crime Ben Affleck he's one of the most overrated young Hollywood actors of this time, while in fact the both of them are just boring and much too decent to be of any interest ( a bit like a pair of young Kevin Costners).

The movie also enjoys a watertight and relevant screenplay, maybe a little too well-crafted that sometimes it's hard to follow the plot.

The only thing truly enjoyable are the landmarks.

What also made the film is the overall cinematography as the locations that most of the scenes were shot were absolutely breathtaking.

His performance, subtle when needed and intense when needed, is really memorable.

I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the film, and I felt that all the characters were believable in their own ways.

Tom Ripley is introduced as a fascinating anti-hero.

The movie is also very entertaining at times, and at some parts, even has you rooting for Tom Ripley, the villain of the movie.

Whilst the acting performances, direction and cinematography were faultless,the film itself was very slow - moving and drawn out.

It was kind of weird, based on a novel written by a woman, about how Damon's character, with no power, had to make himself interesting and compelling to a man, so that the man would then admit him to his fabulous lifestyle, though still always subject to being discarded on a day by day basis.

However, at times, the film seems slow and sluggish, and one wishes that Jude Law had more screen time.

Damon and Law are magnificent and the plot flows smoothly with the final conclusion as apt as it is unpredictable.

Save your money, or donate it to the "Save precious film fund," a non-profit organization for convincing directors that their movies are too long.

To make the film more enjoyable try speaking with Jude Laws fake American Accent for the rest of the day, its fun, try it!

He hated it, found it boring, she liked it, though thought it was a little to slow.

Overall: medicore, slow, film, with I think Medicore performanced (except Damon (good)).

I for on, enjoyed it thoroughly.

And created the most tedious movie I have ever seen.

I was highly amazed at what a waste of time this movie turned out to be.

I thought it moved slow and was just quite boring to tell you the truth.

In the account of visual imagery, the production design of 1950s Italy is utter eye candy and serves as an absorbing backdrop of the story's historical era.

Save your money and give it a shot on video.

Mr Ripley the International Man of Mystery During His Coming of Age: Damon and Law Are Unmatched .

I got extremely bored somewhere mid-way in the movie and couldn't get engaged with the storyline.

Some argue that this movie is too long.

Overall, this is intriguing drama-crime story with a lot of suspense and done so without a lot of violence.

The very dull Mr.Ripley!!!see only if you the stars(matt damon,jude law, etc))!.

He is propelled by the excellent screen-writing, as we are given one of the most fascinating character studies ever put to screen.

the class conflict, trying to fit into a clique, sexual confusion.

Maybe it should have ended up in some artsy-fartsy foreign film theatre where you don't understand what the heck is going on anyway.

The film is very tense and exciting, and I think despite what Ripley did, you ultimatly must feel sorry for him.

Law is stunning as Dickie, the man whose life Ripley adores.

Definitely Nothing like Good Will Hunting, I'm sorry but this movie is for the birds, don't waste time or money.

But it was mildly entertaining.

Quite possibly one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

""You can be very boring" snips Jude Law to Matt Damon at the point where this movie, after reels of padding, finally kicks into gear.

It's overly long by about an hour, the beginning of the film is confusing, with many ideas just appearing.

Pretentious.

Director, Anthony Minghella, definitely has the creepy and suspenseful tone down.

Although he's no Hitchcock, he sure tries his best to be, and he actually gives us adequate suspense, good character development and an intriguing little thriller.

' Gwyneth's performance was good but the story was complicated and confusing.

An Engaging Premise and Outstanding Performances All Around .

And here comes the second really unbearable scene - the one at the boat.

Its a potboiler, and an entertaining one.

it was suspenseful and thought-provoking.

NB:A note about Marge Sherwood: Patricia Highsmith's hate and contempt for the character was intense in the novel (as was Ripley's);and she didn't suspect Ripley at all when the story ended.

This movie was terrible and boring!

Matt Damon gave a very dull portrayal that lacked depth and intensity for most of the film.

The plot, characters, and the storyline were all in depth and very intriguing.

Found it slow, Matt Damon's emotional range akin to an amoeba, held little suspense, could barely identify with anyone on the screen, save Jude Law who was very good, displaying emotional depth Ripley could never fathom.

A character who thinks and acts is more worth watching.

Despite being just a bit overlong (the beginning is a bit tedious), these are my main reasons: excellent photography, stunning performances by the actors and a brilliant plot.

Excellent turns and twists, very good supporting roles and the atmosphere holds-up very well, becoming more and more unbearable as the movie goes on.

He then enmeshes himself into another wealthy socialite's (the ever-stunning Cate Blanchette) life, and manages to avoid disaster there.

predictable and long .

We side with Tom, the audience sympathizes with Tom when Dickie is telling Tom is a leech and he bores him.

Alessandro Fabrizi as the detective who confronts Ripley in Venice was just as intense as he should have been (see "Hannibal").

It is at once an ornate and dazzling drama; a multifarious, intriguing and heart-wrenching romance; a reticulate and psychologically manipulating thriller; and, ultimately, an unsettlingly potent psycho-portrait of the American dream.

Riveting.

I did like the movie, enjoyed it much more than I had expected.

Certainly the film world shares the dreary interest and as the machine has to be fed they've dug up Ripley for a film that no-one really wants or needs and spent a wholly inappropriate amount of dosh on it.

EXTREEMLY boring!

It seemed so absurd, so pointless.

Dull and Pathetic .

Complex, intriguing movie .

Dickie begins to grow bored of Tom and is disgusted by him.

Otherwise, this is just a confusing, boring costume drama trying to be a thriller without much success.

It gets pretty dull after Jude is out of the picture (and mentioning his character for the rest of the movie doesn't make up for it).

A fascinating psychological thriller .

The film is far too long.

Ripley's slow descent into murder and madness is as compelling any thriller I've seen in years.

The result is a subtle and exciting psychological thriller which surpasses the novel (IMO) and surpasses the old French film by far.

A compelling plot; almost surreal, absolutely beautiful locations and extremely well cast and acted.

Compelling, well-acted thriller with elements of Hitchcock .

An exciting film, and what left for one to rethink is the complex of humanity.

The Talented Mr. Ripley was probably one of the worst movies that I've seen in recent years.

Muddled, but compelling nonetheless .

The Talented Mr. Ripley should be renamed "The Slowest Movie Ever".

This is helped by Damon's engaging and startlingly convincing performance as Ripley and a well-rounded supporting cast.

Don't miss this disturbing, chilling, suspenseful movie!

The way he goes about trying to achieve this is gripping from start to finish, & I won't give the plot away by going into any more detail!

Among the many compelling reasons to see this wonderful film is the incisively drawn and perfectly acted performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The problem with this movie is that it sags in the middle, and amazingly, even while thrilling you, it bores you.

Matt Damon as Tom Ripley is pitch-perfect, and the stunning pairing of golden upper-class yuppies Law and Paltrow did much more for the film's entertainment value than I could ever expect.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Under the direction of Anthony Minghella who directed the riveting ghost romance "Truly Madly Deeply" and the overlong and mundane "The English Patient", which won him an Oscar in hopes to repeat himself here as well being that this film is also within the 2 hour and 30 minute range.

The plot was interesting, it was a strong cast, the directing was wonderful, Matt Damon and Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow were awesome, but the movie was too drawn out.

It may be some time before I forget this intense experience.

This movie is too long.

He also throws in some fascinating, sexual undertones between Dickie and Tom.

(although it did end quite abruptly, I must say, leaving me feeling empty.

The flow of the film was a bit too disjointed for me to enjoy it fully.

The absurd second half goes on forever, without anything much happening: Ripley assumes Law's identity, and then proceeds to hide his real identity in a series of pointless scenes and situations.

The film bore no resemblance to the trailer or the advertising.

This film shows clear evidence that Anthony Minghella knows how to craft a fascinating story, even when it falls victim to a lethargic pace.

This film has all the attributes of a "good" Hollywood movie: nice scenery, many slow scenes, better than poor acting etc. etc. Oh yeah, and the homosexuality theme, of course.

It is a slow-moving and dull 2 and 1/2 hours of waiting for the big bang.

Despite his chameleonic ability to take on the protective coloration of his surroundings, his non-U origins keep giving him away, most infuriatingly, to the smug, class-conscious playboy Fredo (the ever-enjoyable Phillip Seymour Hoffman).

It's pretty entertaining nonetheless.

To sum it up: Long, boring, overrated.

This is the absolute worst movie I have ever seen.

The film keeps you on the edge of your seat through many plot turns and a surprise ending.

Here is a young actor worth watching.

A finely crafted and thoroughly entertaining psychodrama/thriller.

I did however feel that the movie was a bit long and dragged a bit in the end.

It is a disturbing and rather intense work of art.

Ripley intriguing, ambiguous, and magnificent .

But Tom's charade is starting to bore Dickie and is being question by those around him, and eventually tragedy strikes Dickie.

So boring, long, and without a trace of originality.

matt damon leads a cast of completely unlikeable characters in a boring jaunt through two hours.

Also, after sitting through two hours plus of this dull mess we get a disappointing ending.

I was most disappointed by the banal story line and like another critic fell asleep.

For those who grouse about Matt Damon, I can only say read Patricia Highsmith's very entertaining psychological thriller.

That's why his pictures were quite slow and without much action.

Matt Damon plays a gay (well, sort of) sociopath in this extremely entertaining film by the director of the English Patient.

I admit it was moderately intriguing to watch the story of a psychopathic killer who aspires to the good life, while blackening his soul and complicating his life and the lives of everyone around him.

Surprisingly intense and enthralling thriller; RIPLEY is satisfying.

I had to sit through more of this dull movie.

Minghella, who created a truly remarkable and excellent film last time around, adapting an even better novel by Ondaatje ("The English Patient", of course), this time has bettered the novelist (Patricia Highsmith), IMHO, with an engaging story worth telling and exceedingly well told.

It is a very solid and engrossing film, full of twists and turns, and ultimately, it captures the audience.

While classical music is meant to represent Ripley's (a classically trained pianist) boring and conservative life.

The movie is a masterpiece, however was just too slow.

It is fascinating to see the character's "fall from grace", and the ending is superb in it's scope and directorial execution.

I would have to disagree and call the film a very complicated and intense character study.

The first half, with Law, moves too slowly and gets dull, all the way to the point of Law's murder - which is a ridiculous scene, by the way - when the movie suddenly turns from drama into some kind of a thriller-drama study of a disturbed mind.

I'm sorry, but after seeing those gafs, I just couldn't take the film seriously after that, despite excellent performances from Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, and stunning photography by John Seale.

Slow, poorly acted film that had great potential .

Thrilling and Unpredictable from Start to Finish, .

An engaging character study of a compulsively deceitful (and possibly high-functioning autistic?

Brilliant, because it shows a BEAUTIFUL camera work and is able to preserve enough thrilling moments from Highsmith's novel to keep us 'breathless', sometimes.

What surprises me is : How a banal movie like this can cash in the opening weekend the same sum which a genial movie like "Being j.

This feeling is one I've experienced many times and I find it so fascinating to finally be put on screen.

The story is very compelling with a number of interesting and well-handled scenes, while the script is both intelligent and thoughtful.

The movie is unpredictable and ends in a way you couldn't imagine.

Matt Damon's performance in this dark, psychologically intense thriller is flawless.

Excellent performances, wonderful story and settings, and well worth the watch, especially the first time.

Yes The Talented Mr Ripley is slow at times, but to me it is always absorbing and very rarely boring.

Gwyneth Paltrow gives what has to be the most under-rated performance of her career - watching the character of Marge evolve from a care free young lady into a suspicious and eventually terrified victim is breathtaking.

The plot is intriguing and deserves the viewers undivided attention.

The movie was very predictable and boring, and I am glad that I rented it so I could fast-forward through nothing, looking for something exciting or watchable that never materialized.

Mesmerizing, intense, great acting, setting and music .

or rent a video tape with another cheesy, boring stuff with Liz Tyler and Jeremy Irons (it's all about losing virginity.......

Making Tom so enjoyable is his complexity, and the disgust you feel for the other characters.

This is one of cinema's greatest mysteries; how can a film as well made, constantly intriguing and brilliantly conceived as this one constantly get passed over?

A stunning completely character-driven story.

If you choose to ignore the improbable situations, you'll find it entertaining and even exciting when the police start to make enquiries about the disappearance of his friend Dickie.

It is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish,from the moment we meet Tom Ripely we do feel a sense of danger,as if this man may not be as innocent as he appears,but what is to come is totally unexpected and this is easily one of the most unpredictable films I've ever seen,I couldn't tell anything that was coming,Ripely is a very strange character and you really don't know what he's capable of.

This movie is an over-hyped, over-drawn out picture and if you can see something else...

Instead of being on the edge of their seats, the last half hour had us squirming and begging for a merciful end to the film.

It is an enjoyable story with excellent acting and beautiful scenery.

When a filmmaker tries to add psychological depth to what is generally pulp entertainment, it doesn't always work, but Minghella has pulled it off, while keeping it entertaining.

I'd been told it was only worth watching for the character of Peter Smith-Kingsley, who appears quite briefly towards the end, and that I should probably fast forward through the rest.

As others have mentioned, the pace of the film was exceedingly slow.

However, the plot is limited and predictable.

Cinematography was stunning in Italy.

Well, guess again… The movie goes further with dull, everyday, non – suspense stuff, a crying Paltrow, bla, bla (nothing of true value here) Then comes the ending which begins with (again) a totally surprisingly appearance of someone (very surprising indeeed).

This movie started of as mysterious and intriguing, Matt Damon played Mr Ripley really well.

The movie plods on through many gruesome instances and has the audience waiting for the end.

Gripping, epic style psychological thriller.

This slowness is seen throughout the whole film.

Starring Matt Damon, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is a thrilling roller coaster ride in which the viewer is treated to more than a few moments of suspense and surprise.

However, the problem is that the characters are a bore.

The movie became a little bit slow after Law left.

This movie was intense.. The ending could have been better.

Ripley) takes you through a lot of psychological twists and turns during this gripping movie.

Very, very boring.

First of all this movie has got great pictures and sound (as we know it from the English Patient) but we also have fascinating characters that stand in contrast to each other.

It oozes class from the stunning opening titles, jazz score and beautiful scenery.

The last act dragged on interminably.

Exhausting and predictable .

The slow pacing and beautiful scenery would've worked amazing for a romantic melodrama.

The novel was already adapted into Purple Noon (1960), but now writer-director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) takes the basic framework of the novel and creates a compelling character study and a skillful thriller.

Save your money and wait to rent the movie when it comes out in video stores.

Too slow and without any true suspense, I don't see how this can be classified a thriller.

It is like having an unstable element - much like the excitement of waiting for a deadly fire underneath the shimmering surface to explode - that makes Talented Mr Ripley worth watching.

Except that the study is dull, muddled, and uninteresting.

2 1/2 Hours of boring screenplay .

A lesser actor would have played the part differently, and the film-despite Anthony Minghella's beautiful directing and Gabriel Yared's intense music-would have felt a little cheap.

Save your money and use it for something else.

The luscious sweeping scenery of Italy is quite stunning and really makes the film have that little more mmph, along with the cracking soundtrack.

It also just kept dragging on and on and on, going nowhere.

The reader is immersed in the raw psychological reality that is sometimes frightfully familiar to all.

The plot seemd so fascinating, and it surely is.

The potentially confusing plot and web of coincidences was handled quite well.

The movie wasn't a fun experience, it was not a moving experience, it wasn't particularly entertaining, it was not morally improving, there was no message, and, in the end, nothing was resolved.

It gets pretty slow, and Mr. Ripley is kinda an idiot in places, not as "Talented" as you may think.

The script is entirely predictable, and Mr. Ripley is less talented -- and far less interesting -- than many another film criminal.

As the Hitchcockian heroine of the piece, Gwyneth Paltrow is stunning as Marge Sherwood, Dickie's companion and sometime lover.

"The Talented Mr. Ripley" is a finely crafted, well-acted, visually stunning chiller that leaves you with a sense of horror far more searing than grotesque onscreen violence.

In fact, after reading a series of mixed reviews, I was surprised to find this the most enjoyable film of the year so far.

fascinating characters .

True, he also made a good choice with Matt Damon who gives a breathtaking performance of a torn young man who in the end gets stuck in another man's life just because his survival instincts are bigger than his true emotions.

The Stultifying Boring Complicated Bland Over-rated Muddled Contrived Endless Interminable Patronizing Obvious Unrewarding Misguided Insensitive Shallow Dispassionate Untalented Mr. Ripley is as bloated as its original title.

Matt Damon is excellent as Tom Ripley and Jude Law is also intriguing as Dickie Greenleaf.

But when the plot finally lights its candle, that is when the story generates a wheelhouse of unexpected twists and surprises that elevates the lead character's development.

The breathtaking location cinematography (filmed in various historic Italian cities), meticulously transformed into late 1950s authenticity, along with stunning period costume designs an alluring Jazz score, this film has many elements of a soon to be classic.

It starts off with such promise and is intriguing.

Thrilling to watch his web of lies become more and more tangled.

This is one of the most visually stunning films that I have seen in a while.

The cinematography was stunning, as was the lighting.

I found it to be extremely predictable and emotionally unbelievable.

These are quibbles on a journey that is really engrossing and a pleasure.

Suffice to say that along with the terrific acting, beautiful cinematography & a great jazz score, there are some of the most nailbitingly suspenseful moments in any film I can remember since Hitchcock at his best - & coming from me that's high praise indeed!

I found the film to be long and pretentious.

A Cure for Insomnia .

Minghella proves he's got talent for inventing cool and intriguing stories, and absolutely no skills to tell them to anyone.

The pace is slow and after a very short and clever beginning this is just 120 minutes of fade-out with a very VERY unsatisfactory finish.

Every turn in this drawn out piece of crap is predictable.

I found the book's version more enjoyable.

Tedious .

Odd but intriguing .

The movie is very slow to start, has fabulous scenery, good acting and great cinematography.

However, this film is clearly a thriller with many exciting twists--so if I talk about it, I might give away what will happen.

That's five times longer than Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" with the difference being that Hitchcock's film starts slow and the intensity builds up as the film progresses.

stunning psychological thriller .

Pretentious travelogue .

Paltrow plays Marge, Dickie's girlfriend and delivers a performance that is at times bland.

But both the acting and the story were soon lost in a movie that was way too long and took itself way too seriously.

What should have been nominated in The Sixth Sense's place, went home at the oscars empty handed.

In summary, I found this to be an out-and-out boring film.

Of course, when the general public is used to "Scream"-like suspense, this could seem as a rather dull and lengthy movie.

I really was on the edge of my seat wondering where the story was going to end up.

Slower than Mr Slow from Slowtown .

Whether dabbling in jazz, sailing around Italy in his yacht or engaging in numerous trysts, he is the classic narcissist, quickly losing interest in people and things (we're not sure if he sees a difference between the two).

He finds Dickie Greenleaf, played by Jude Law in an equally stunning performance, living in a perpetual paradise with his girlfriend Marge (Gwentheth Paltro).

In the great tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, this thriller is mysterious and suspenseful right to the end.

I found this film quite engrossing.

Set against the backdrop of tourist Italy - encompassing Rome and Venice and all points in between - Anthony Minghella's film is a compelling treat from start to finish, layering detail upon detail as Damon's friendship with Law blossoms and sours, leading to an inevitable plot twist which introduces a whole new set of complications for the central characters, rendering the audience complicit in Ripley's escalating crime wave.

But, for every good scene, there was a scene that was too drawn out.