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The Gambler Reviews

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May 17, 2019
Thanks to the presence of Goodman, Larson and Lange we're presented with a stacked deck, so how come it feels like we spend two hours holding the bridge rules card?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 22, 2019
The Gambler is a solidly acted and directed piece that somehow can't decide what kind of film it is
December 7, 2018
THE GAMBLER doesn't amount too much, except a story of a walking existential crisis looking for his pacifier, which is conveniently located at a blackjack table.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 18, 2019
No matter how finely feathered the hair or slim and trim the figure, Wahlberg is simply one of the glossy mistakes Wyatt's film trips over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 11, 2016
Some casting decisions should never happen-Shaq as Tinkerbell-hmm... actually that might be fantastic, scratch that. But Mark Wahlberg as a professor of literature? Just no.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2016
This remake not only fails to justify its own existence, it very nearly calls into question the necessity of the material in any form.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 13, 2017
Wahlberg is a miscast... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
January 8, 2015
Lack of necessity notwithstanding, The Gambler is also plagued by its vacancy of spiritual tissue.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 5, 2015
What's left is a frustratingly superficial film that alienates its characters as much as it does the audience.
December 22, 2014
The Gambler only truly comes alive towards the end...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 1, 2017
You're just going to spend the two hours annoyed by all of the stupid decisions Bennett makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2014
Ultimately, this version of The Gambler suffers from the same problem as the 1974 version, which starred James Caan at the height of his James Caan-iness: There's simply no one to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2014
"The Gambler" is a flawed, well-shot throwback that feels swayed by studio interference, full of performances serving a script that limits their efforts to one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 5, 2019
will leave you out of pocket and feeling cheated for watching
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 18, 2015
The script is painfully overwritten whenever we want action and woefully underwritten when we need explanation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2014
It suffers from a bloodless unwillingness to put too much on the line, made corporeal in the editing, with music-slathered time lapse standing in for Bennett's adrenaline-fueled epiphany during a roulette binge in Reno.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2014
Mark Wahlberg deals a cool hand, but THE GAMBLER still loses big.
December 26, 2014
We can't be expected to care about every protagonist with a boner so long as he can string together a few polysyllable phrases about his own disaffection. I have enough whiny depressives in my life, thanks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 23, 2014
Its central flaw of having an unwatchable protagonist is simply too massive to ignore, and sours everything that comes as an extension of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 25, 2014
"The Gambler" should have been called "Three Supporting Characters in Search of a Lead."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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