Il Cartaio (The Card Player) Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
January 24, 2005
Argento, the once great king of giallo, goes down the drain - which is the only royal flush to be seen in this sub-par gambling thriller.
November 25, 2005
Plutôt embarrassant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
October 6, 2005
Argento can't adapt thrills of digital entertainment to the thrills of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat
July 27, 2004
An okay story, a tepid and convoluted plot, no logic and silly dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 19, 2004
Watching the online cards turn slowly (sometimes painfully so) in the film is to be reminded of how good Argento used to be when his aesthetic approach was less synthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
October 6, 2004
Though it's based on a promisingly outrageous premise ... the film unfolds as a tired, thoroughly conventional police procedural that might as well be titled CSI: Roma.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 8, 2004
This oddly flat serial-killer picture shows none of the baroque flair that characterizes the best of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 6, 2004
Fans of the cult helmer who expect the usual gore will be disappointed -- but there are compensations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 16, 2005
What most disappoints, then, is the film's aggressive ordinariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Deborah Young
Variety
August 7, 2008
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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November 17, 2011
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