All In: The Poker Movie Reviews

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Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
[An] energetic, if overly worshipful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 22, 2012
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.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 16, 2012
Celebrating the worldwide poker renaissance, it's intriguing in the way it delineates another way to chase the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 1, 2011
An achingly comprehensive poker-praising documentary that unfolds in rather scattershot form, yet still remains more or less entertaining enough to engage non-players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 23, 2012
Amusing and informative (and hyperbolic) as it is, "All In: The Poker Movie" is a documentary whose intended audience is unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Variety
March 22, 2012
Douglas Tirola's pic seems a bit late for the poker craze, and at any rate will be preaching largely to the converted.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
Instead of sustaining a significant cultural story, at almost two hours, All In feels like an energetic but overlong highlight reel.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 20, 2012
Frankly, it could have used a touch more disrepute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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