Pretty much, everyone likes William H. Macy in Piven’s role.
Personally, I’d like to see someone who really didn’t like Piven’s performance review it, but I find these rather interesting.
Brantley says that all of the actors bring something different to the table, like eating a different sushi everyday (okay, he doesn’t say that, but I couldn’t resist). He also says that the bit about the thermometer is the funniest Mamet one-liner in years. The critics seem to be in agreement that Macy brings a very interesting take to the role, probably due to his familiarity with Mamet.
Although, the best quote goes to David Rooney of Variety:
“New! Improved! Now with less mercury!”