The film has more of a checklist of clichés than an actual script and, when it comes to the cast, director Gil Cates Jr. is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Moving slowly these days, Burt Reynolds does less than no acting in this role, and he's still the best thing in Deal.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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 ...
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
Deal is fatally earnest: It honestly believes it's the first poker film to have a mentor character tell his young protégé that success in cards is similar to success in life.
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
A movie made solely to promote an internet poker site. You have seen this movie many times before.
As a poker diversion, "Deal" should pass the time, but if you're hoping for a dramatically rewarding piece of filmmaking, your odds are better with a different movie.
| Original Score: C
Deal recycles every nuance of every underdog sports movie -- from Rocky to Rudy to Invincible -- but not well. Burt Reynolds plays a mysterious stranger like he needs a three-year nap.
| Original Score: 1/5
Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.
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.
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
| Original Score: 2/5
In terms of cashing in on poker mania, Deal is so late to the party that it's actually late to the apartment where the guy who threw the party used to live.
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
Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
| Original Score: 0/5
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-