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California Split Reviews

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 9, 2014
California Split has never been heralded as one of the key Altmans. But the few things it does - friendship and disappointment and the drab and desperate thrill of the gambler's life - it does superbly.
Dan Jardine
May 3, 2013
The Odd Couple of poker films
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 12, 2013
Funny as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
Nothing enhances Altman's visual-aural density like the bustle of poker circles, race tracks, boxing rings
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
Sold as a comedy, the film scans more like American-century Dostoyevsky, with comp cocktails.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 25, 2008
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.
Tom Block
November 19, 2006
...the big thing holding back American movies is that they aren't more like California Split.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 8, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
A fascinating, vivid movie, not quite comparable to any other movie that I can immediately think of. Nor is it easily categorized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2004
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 13, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Tonguette
Senses of Cinema
November 13, 2004
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