Deal Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
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.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 9, 2009
As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2009
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 18, 2008
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 15, 2008
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 13, 2008
The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
August 8, 2008
Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2008
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 25, 2008
There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 25, 2008
There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2008
Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.
Alex Markerson
E! Online
April 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: D-
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
April 25, 2008
A raft of pros appear as themselves, but this story will likely seem less exciting than an actual competition.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 25, 2008
Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
April 25, 2008
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 25, 2008
...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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 24, 2008
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."
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
April 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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