• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Wayne Kramer
    In Theaters:
    Nov 26, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 27, 2004
  • Lions Gate Films


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The Cooler Reviews

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Cole Smithey

"The Cooler" is a complex 'small' movie that packs a big punch.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

May 11, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sweet underdog romantic dramedy...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Emanuel Levy

What elevates this Vegas-set drama above the routine is the high-caliber acting of William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and especially Alex Baldwin, who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

December 28, 2008
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Avoid this film. It will eat your soul and vomit black bile in your face.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: F

June 21, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Alec Baldwin se encarga de que Shelly sea por lejos el personaje más interesante de esta historia (...)

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A pointless, money-depleting waste of time to be avoided at all costs.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: D

May 3, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

A curious mix of thug violence, romance, and whimsy.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

October 14, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

The Cooler is too earnest a morality tale, saddled with derivative characters, to heat up much sympathy or interest.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 30, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a postmodern noir that relies as much on audience complicity as the cleverness of the scam.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

August 25, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Not the most thrilling nor plausible story you'll ever see, but it does have an earthy charm.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2004
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The odds of things falling so much in someone's favour like they do here are ridiculously remote, but this neon fairytale is worth throwing your money away on.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2004
Joe Utichi

One not to miss.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 85/100

July 20, 2004
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Macy wears his habitual hangdog expression like a cheap, crumpled suit that's been slept in a few too many times

Full Review Source: Times [UK]

June 16, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Entertaining and well off the beaten path.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2004
Alex Ramirez

Una de esas cintas que deja un sabor de boca intenso y grato, que mejora conforme pasan las horas desde que se vio.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2004
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Macy performs this familiar role as adroitly as ever...but [doesn't] exactly break any new ground.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

William H. Macy is the ultimate loser and Alec Baldwin is an old school casino boss in director Wayne Kramer's near-perfect feature debut.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 17, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The Las Vegas Kramer portrays in The Cooler is one that's derived from Scorsese but the wonderful, queasy mixture of violence and humor is Kramer's own.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 10, 2004

'Un buen trabajo fílmico que vale la pena disfrutar por sus valores técnicos, estéticos y actorales, que son muchos'

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2004
Brian Mckay

Macy proves himself leading man material once again in The Cooler- even if he gets the show nearly stolen out from under him by Alec Baldwin.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2004
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