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21 Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 24, 2012
Craps out leaving you wondering how it all went so wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Too bland, too bright and too long, 21 may talk a big game but it is mainly insipid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Luketic's dunderheaded, would-be caper is a morality tale where the only moral at stake is the dullard-hero's thoughtless entitlement
Mike Scott
July 24, 2009
It's a slick enough movie, with an intriguing enough concept. It would be a much more enjoyable movie, however, if the wheels didn't come off script-wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
March 29, 2009
One can't help but think there was a smarter film to be made from this premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
When the movie 21 was announced with Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne, it sounded like a winner. When everybody else involved in 21 was mentioned, it was doomed to be a loser.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
If only director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb had not opted for glitz. As filmmakers, they're playing for very low stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
As ever with gambling films, it's difficult to convey the thrill of winning at second hand; the human-interest complications are unconvincing and Spacey himself, I'm afraid, is a lugubrious and deadening presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Spacey makes a nicely chilly villain and Bosworth a warm and glamorous leading lady, if an implausible maths genius.
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Disappointing thriller that's let down by a tedious script, a frankly ridiculous final act and some dodgy overacting by Kevin Spacey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
October 18, 2008
This is a prime example of a movie that isn't bad, per se, just unnecessary, a competently made but wholly unremarkable trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
See this for the sheer fascination of it.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Regardless whether there are a number of clichés and plot incongruities, this entertaining and fast-paced flick will find an audience hoping to learn how to beat the dealer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kit Bowen
October 1, 2008
Even though you can predict what happens, 21 is still fairly compelling for a movie about counting cards at a blackjack table.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It has some decent eye candy, but overall this film is bluffing if they think it's a great, intelligent blackjack film. I know I just used a poker term, but I doubt 21 would have noticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 9, 2008
Everyone involved should have known when to fold 'em. The movie is about as interesting as counting cards.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Empty calories, yes, but tasty enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
July 23, 2008
Treating card playing as an exciting spectator sport rather than, say, about as thrilling as watching fishing for two hours, this offbeat cautionary tale warns all those impulsive casino-bound eggheads out there, that losers come in all IQ's.
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 21, 2008
Much like in Vegas, whatever happened in the book and made it so marvelous stayed in the book.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
It may take a rocket scientist to successfully count cards, but not to wite a smarter script than what 21 delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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