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The Gambler Reviews

January 23, 2015
This is a misconceived and strangely cast affair that can't work out its own attitude toward its main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2015
Mark Wahlberg is always a physically articulate actor; here he wrings despair and disillusionment from every beaten-down gesture, every curt exchange.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2015
The Gambler ... has become an advert for gambling. You couldn't make it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2015
Mark Wahlberg's designer-suited performance is shallow and self-admiring ... and William Monahan (who wrote The Departed) devises a new narrative direction which is contrived and preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2015
Hate the players, not the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2015
It's hard to know what to make of Mark Wahlberg's character in The Gambler - but at least that puts you on an equal footing with Wahlberg himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2015
The dialogue never leaves the surface and the running across Los Angeles that happens in the last sequence is supposed to thrill you, but it's such a cliché that your embarrassment extends to the crew member who has to follow with the camera.
January 7, 2015
Though Wahlberg is a fine actor, there's no way I can buy him as a college English professor holding forth on Shakespeare and Camus.
December 30, 2014
The hopeful ending comes off as too little, too late. Wahlberg gives the role his all, but sticking with him is a futile gesture. The Gambler never pays off. It's a sucker's bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2014
As The Gambler becomes less about its protagonist's dashed intellectualism and more about the gathering danger of his predicament, the film gains power.
December 26, 2014
An agreeable if ridiculous slice of old-school Hollywood machismo ...
December 26, 2014
It's just like the Kenny Rogers song says: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." It's time for this "Gambler" to walk away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 25, 2014
The return is as miniscule as the stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 25, 2014
If someone is really that intent on self-destruction, why should we be his audience?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2014
"The Gambler" should have been called "Three Supporting Characters in Search of a Lead."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2014
A dull, self-consciously arty wallow in the messed-up life of a character we don't care about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2014
What's mostly missing from "The Gambler" is a sense of why Jim is so insistent on squandering his money, privilege and patrimony.
December 24, 2014
This certainly is one driven narrative. Wahlberg reportedly lost 60 lbs. for the role, and his gaunt look makes Jim seem all the more haunted as he repeatedly throws away vast sums on games of chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2014
In a role that would have been ideal for Tom Cruise in psycho mode, Wahlberg is merely OK. Unfortunately, the film's effectiveness turns on whether we buy into his angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 24, 2014
Another wet battery about a week in the life of a gambling addict.
December 24, 2014
By suppressing Wahlberg's more typical sparkling unpredictability, this new reading of the character recasts him into someone more frustrating than free.
December 24, 2014
The Gambler is a solid remake - a film that retraces the path of the original while carving out its own identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2014
A string of powerful performances, particularly Wahlberg's, and a killer soundtrack - including M83, Dinah Washington and St. Paul & the Broken Bones - redeem a middling entertainment gambit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 23, 2014
The Gambler is about the torturous dissatisfaction some people feel when they've managed to do everything right but still don't feel fulfilled
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2014
This remake of the 1974 James Caan film written by James Toback ... crackles with mordant cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2014
The Gambler is a hollow, overwrought and glibly cynical remake of a '70s drama about a self-destructive academic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 23, 2014
Low on action and tension, long on grand speeches. Wahlberg gets an A for effort in an unlikely role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2014
Slick but slight, The Gambler is an unnecessary remake of a well-regarded 1974 film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2014
Despite terrific, witty performances by Williams and Goodman, most of the talent is wasted in this picture.
December 23, 2014
Watching a hostile pessimist purposefully sabotaging his own good fortune just isn't as fun as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 23, 2014
Wyatt ... brings some bristly, swaggering energy to the thing, and that in turn may have loosened Wahlberg up: He's both more intense and freer than he's been in years.
December 22, 2014
We didn't really care enough about Jim to be invested in his ultimate fate.
December 22, 2014
Whether Wahlberg's been miscast or misdirected, we never buy him as a desperate addict. Still, the movie is so quick and cool that for much of the time, we barely notice how little is actually at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 18, 2014
Blackjack is more of a noose than a needle for this self-destructive blowhard, and if that sounds less dramatic than the tale of a man who just can't walk away from the table, it is significantly funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 17, 2014
The one bit of good news is that the first Gambler is currently streaming on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and watch that one instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 20, 2014
Those looking for a typical Wahlberg thriller might come away disappointed. Others looking for a less sure bet might reap the rewards.
November 11, 2014
A cooly entertaining countdown narrative whose stakes rarely feel as life-and-death as they're meant to.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 11, 2014
In nearly every scene, Wahlberg carries off the central role with what could be called determined elan.
November 11, 2014
There's enough swaggering cynicism for three pictures but barely enough soul to sustain even one in Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler," a stylish, energetic but disappointingly glib remake of Karel Reisz's still-potent 1974 drama of the same title.
November 11, 2014
It's no mystery why actors and directors want to relive the magic of American studio movies from the fabled 1970s, but if you're not going to take the risks that the originals did, or illuminate as much about the characters, why redo them at all?