Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
One of the funniest and most ambitious movies of 2002 was little-loved by audiences, probably because of its tedious nature. We know where the story will go and it's certainly not in a hurry. But the wit of its assorted one-liners cannot be denied, especially when delivered by such old pros at satire as Pruitt Taylor Vince. This film does fall flat in a few scenes when it resorts to sitcom setups - I think Niccol doesn't trust his good material enough - but overall it's funny and satisfying. Pacino should try more comedy.