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.
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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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
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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