Deal Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2008
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
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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.
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2008
A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders.
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John Anderson
Variety
April 24, 2008
Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
Moving slowly these days, Burt Reynolds does less than no acting in this role, and he's still the best thing in Deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 23, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4