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The Odd Couple of poker films
| Original Score: 76/100
Funny as hell.
| Original Score: A-
Nothing enhances Altman's visual-aural density like the bustle of poker circles, race tracks, boxing rings
Sold as a comedy, the film scans more like American-century Dostoyevsky, with comp cocktails.
Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler.
A film such as this, which is essentially a series of comic vignettes without a plot, depends upon its performances, and both Gould and Segal are in top form.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film is technically and physically handsome, all the more so for being mostly location work, but lacks a cohesive and reinforced sense of story direction.
...the big thing holding back American movies is that they aren't more like California Split.
Adding emphasis on the homo-ness of their lucrative bond are the repeated instances where the interference of women breaks both their concentration and their hot streaks.
Altman feels rather than thinks his way into a subject, with a special interest in how people relate to one another in moments of crisis.
A fascinating, vivid movie, not quite comparable to any other movie that I can immediately think of. Nor is it easily categorized.
| Original Score: 4/5
he two actors' inventive, improvized banter is a treat, and they are ably supported by Prentiss and Welles, both given room and encouragement to make their mark by the director.
What Altman comes up with is sometimes almost a documentary feel; at the end of California Split we know something about organized gambling in this country we didn't know before.
| Original Score: 4/4