An embarrassingly toothless and endlessly boring story about characters we barely get to know doing things that are more exciting than they make it seem.
As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...
| Original Score: 2/4
It's not the cards you play but the people . . . which is why poker movies (in this case Texas Hold'em) are far more interesting than many sports movies
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
| Original Score: 2/5
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
| Original Score: 0/5
The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal
There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them.
| Original Score: C-
Reynolds doesn't convey any of the lightning bolt insouciance that made him arguably the greatest movie star of the '70s and '80s (really) but rather just stands there.
| Original Score: 1/5
Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.
You've got to know when to walk away from a movie like this: right away, and that's only if you can't run.
| Original Score: D-
A raft of pros appear as themselves, but this story will likely seem less exciting than an actual competition.
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.
About now is when a critic would throw in a reference to a low poker hand to compare it to, but Deal can't even rise to a pair of twos.
...a movie making a brief stop at local theaters on its way to DVD bargain bins and cable showings at two in the morning.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Director/co-writer Gil Cates Jr. gives us a by-the-numbers execution of a by-the-numbers story, which would barely be movie-of-the-week material but for [Burt] Reynolds's "star power."
Deal has to take the title of the worst film ever about the game and that includes the how-to videos with Joan Rivers impersonators you see in your Vegas hotel room.
| Original Score: 0.5/4