Casino Jack (2010)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Spacey turns in one of his stronger performances, but Casino Jack is a disappointingly uneven fictionalized account of a fascinating true story.

Movie Info

Two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime in CASINO JACK, a riotous new film starring Spacey as a man hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays in the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe-inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wants. Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, CASINO JACK lays bare the wild excesses and … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Snider
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
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as Jack Abramoff

as Michael Scanlon

as Adam Kidan

as Pam Abramoff

as Emily Miller

as Gus Boulis

as Harry Clearwater

as Big Tony

as Oscar Carillo

as Tom Delay

as Prosecutor Kiddell

as Susan Schmidt

as Acquaintance

as Stewardess

as Anthony Ferrari

as Karl Rove

as Female Friend

as Scott Gleason

as Simon Bowles

as Abbe Lowell

as Bill Jarrell

as Grover Norquist

as Bob Ney

as Junior Executive

as Brian Mann

as Manny Rovelas

as Senator McCain

as Delay's Secretary

as Lobbyist #1

as Lobbyist #2

as Sunsail Casino Guest...

as Kidan's Bodyguard

as Reverend Mueller

as Art Dimopoulos

as Senator McCain
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Critic Reviews for Casino Jack

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

The film has a complicated political story to tell, and its erratically suspenseful narrative often detracts from its central interest - what makes Abramoff tick.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Casino Jack is really two movies: a convoluted tale about the exploits of disgraced Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, coupled with a zealous-if-misguided performance from Kevin Spacey in the title role.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The film tries to encompass all of Abramoff's encyclopedic chicanery and chokes on the sheer volume.

Full Review… | January 13, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Casino Jack is a funny and enjoyable film with great performances.

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

too little too late

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
7M Pictures

Hickenlooper was a talented director with a clear, passionate love of movies. It's a shame his last one had to be this one.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for Casino Jack

Honor. Integrity. Principles. Everything is Negotiable.

Good Film! Theme of this story is alive, kicking and fuelled for take-off even now. As distressing and disturbing as the film's subject should be it is played out in such a way as we are information and knowledge gathering much like a media warning about "this is what lobbying really is". It is also a shrewd warning as to how shameless and immoral some people are when they are saying nice things to you, as if we needed a warning! I found it worthwhile to research the subject of lobbying a little more after I had seen this film and found myself disbelieving some of the things I have found out. This alone convinced me the film does not pull any punches. Watch it just to wise up. Fortunately it is acted so powerfully and so sharply you will not want to look away.

A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff cons Washington power players and Native casino owners.
"My name is Jack Abramoff, and I work out every day."
Kevin Spacey chews the scenery to bits, and what would be heavy-handed bullshit in the hands of another actor is just good fun for Spacey. Roger Maris and Jon Lovitz try to keep up, but Spacey's personality and character are almost too much to eclipse. I can't say that it's a good performance, but it's entertaining.
Structured like a basic crime drama, what makes Casino Jack interesting is Abramoff's blissful ignorance of the corruption in which he's a central player. Though the film could have done more to show the victims of his crimes, it's almost as though Abramoff's personality overshadows his negative effects - a result that likely mirrors what it's like to be around the real Abramoff.
Overall, the film is imbalanced, but if you want to see Kevin Spacey have fun being an actor, this is the film for you.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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