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21 Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

Time Out
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The whizzo-conceit and slick visual bling do give it an undeniably diverting buzz, yet the movie's cautionary formula shows its hand way before the clunky final reel.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

April 11, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The students are so blandly written this never builds any suspense, though it probably has some value as an empowerment fantasy for debt-ridden collegians.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 31, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Although it's definitely a fictionalization of a true story, they get the essence of this insanely crazy double life that these kids led as they were breaking the bank in Vegas.

March 31, 2008
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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Inspired by the real-life story of the M.I.T. students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions, 21 has been reshaped to fit a simple movie template -- and it's nearly as much fun as watching an insurance professional compute actuarial tables.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A movie with an irresistible premise that ultimately collapses around the whole issue of motivation.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Real-life rags-to-riches Vegas scheme makes for glossy if lightweight fun.

March 28, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Repetitive, implausible and overlong.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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When Spacey and Fishburne really go at each other, 21 finally starts to add up to something.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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21 doesn't quite hit the jackpot, but with popcorn it should satisfy.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2008
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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A none-too-winning blend of the unsettling and the unsurprising.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 28, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Before sinking into a predictable morality tale, 21 coasts on the superficial thrill of watching casinos take a few hits, but gamblers looking for a how-to lesson on winning in Vegas will be putting their pencils down pretty quickly.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

March 28, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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This is really Spacey's picture, from the moment he fixes his gaze on Sturgess to the day when he finally, brutally cuts him loose. It's a fun performance, but a quiet one.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The fascinating story of six college students who took Las Vegas for millions gets dealt a bad hand in 21, which turns their true-life saga into a slick, shallow and thoroughly generic caper flick.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There's enough action here to keep you awake, but don't expect to walk away a winner.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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21 is penny-ante entertainment.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2008
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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When the makers of the blackjack drama 21 stepped up to the table to place their bets, they opted to play it safe.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 28, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Add it up and, in the game that pits your entertainment dollar against entertainment value, know this: The house wins again.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's disposable, watchable and forgettable filmmaking for would-be easy millionaires.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

March 28, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The film is about a group of MIT students who used a very smart card-counting system to milk the casinos. But the movie blows off the deeper thrills of its source material to make a tidier, less compelling amorality play.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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While you may stick with the film -- it's a slick time-waster -- you never believe it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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By the time the end credits roll around, you realize nothing's actually been risked. It's the gambling equivalent of Go Fish.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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21 makes for some slick escapist fantasy. Even if, and because, the fantasy has its roots in something real.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Greed is good and comes without a hint of conscience in 21, a feature-length bore about some smarty-pants who take Vegas for a ride.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 27, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a would-be parable about greed that emptily celebrates it, a drama about gifted people who are one-dimensional voids and, most laughable of all, a story about the giddiness of risk-taking that safely plays everything by the numbers.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 27, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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Lack of originality is where 21 really deals a losing hand.

March 27, 2008
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Under Luketic's flaccid direction, 21 is another two-faced moralistic entertainment that shows us how much fun it is to live large, then punishes its characters for acting out our fantasies.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2008
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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It's funny how movies based on real stories can be the most formulaic and predictable.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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[Director] Luketic and his screenwriters preserve the excitement and a fair amount of the blackjack strategy -- yet somehow the whole exercise plays like a high-tech John Hughes movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

March 27, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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While I'm firm believer in the adage 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,' 21 doesn't spin a good enough yarn to justify all the changes.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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21 is built around some standard-issue plot mechanics, but it's still a clever and novel card-sharp thriller.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 26, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Numerous inane plot twists and a convenient villain whose behavior defies logic or meaning.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 26, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The new blackjack dramedy 21 stands when it should hit, never doubles down and wimps out to the point that it turns a pretty compelling tale into a bust.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 26, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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A movie that wastes a lot of time and money and really, really shoulda stayed in Vegas.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 25, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Loosely adapted from Ben Mezrich's best-selling Bringing Down the House, the movie stretches facts like taffy but never shirks its responsibility to entertain.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2008
Joe Leydon
Variety
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shrewdly shuffles together attractive young leads, cagey screen vets and a fantasy-fulfillment scenario in a slickly polished package

Full Review Source: Variety

March 10, 2008
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