All In: The Poker Movie (2012)
All In: The Poker Movie, tells the story of poker focusing on why one of our nations oldest games has had a renaissance in the past few years and why for so many poker is the way to chase the American Dream. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for All In: The Poker Movie
Amusing and informative (and hyperbolic) as it is, "All In: The Poker Movie" is a documentary whose intended audience is unclear.
So padded with cheerleading that it doesn't have time for a serious exploration of poker's place in the broader culture or the consequences of its rapid rise and global reach.
Douglas Tirola's pic seems a bit late for the poker craze, and at any rate will be preaching largely to the converted.
"All In" lays down some interesting hands but sometimes can't raise the stakes, though "Rounders" star Matt Damon lends a bit of celeb flash.
Instead of sustaining a significant cultural story, at almost two hours, All In feels like an energetic but overlong highlight reel.
Engrossing documentary on the multi-billion-dollar poker industry gets a little too rhapsodic about the game as a metaphor for life and slips into advocacy for online poker, all while offering a revealing, wide-ranging look at a subculture.
The film has a shambling charm that actively disputes an unspoken notion that a documentary must be well-structured in order to effectively land its points.
Celebrating the worldwide poker renaissance, it's intriguing in the way it delineates another way to chase the American Dream.
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