Michael Sauter
September 01, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Simpatico

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
112 minutes
performer
Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney, Catherine Keener, Sharon Stone
director
Matthew Warchus
author
Sam Shepard
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Criminally wasting a cast of former Oscar nominees (including Sharon Stone), the ”opened-up” Sam Shepard play Simpatico bogs down in murky motivations and showy dramatics. It revolves around a wealthy horse breeder (Bridges) and his down-and-out ex-friend (Nolte), who once fixed a race and are still haunted by guilt and self-loathing. But what’s this about exchanging personalities? What may have been resonant on stage feels forced on screen. C-

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