• PG-13, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Gil Cates Jr.
    In Theaters:
    Apr 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 20, 2008
  • Seven Arts Pictures/MGM


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Deal Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Mike Scott

As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

October 9, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 24, 2009
Christopher Null

so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

August 18, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 0/5

August 15, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.

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

August 13, 2008
David Cornelius

Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 8, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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They've got to do something else with these poker movies.

April 28, 2008
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 0/5

April 25, 2008
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: C-

April 25, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 25, 2008
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.

April 25, 2008
Alex Markerson
E! Online

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.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D-

April 25, 2008
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

A raft of pros appear as themselves, but this story will likely seem less exciting than an actual competition.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 25, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2008
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 25, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

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.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

April 25, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

...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

April 25, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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."

April 24, 2008
Erik Childress

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 0.5/4

April 24, 2008
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