• 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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March 22, 2014
While the film is well cast, it is tough to elevate a basic structural story. There are some nice directorial moments throughout but nothing makes this film stand out.
October 20, 2013
It was very enjoyable to see this absolute loser of a guy who's life gets worse and worse the more and more happier he gets. I really enjoyed this. Alec Baldwin plays a brute of a character and William H. Macy's is easy to get along with.
July 10, 2007
This might just be the best thing (film-wise) Alec Baldwin has ever done.
Dave F.
June 14, 2013
Not worth your time.
May 28, 2013
The actors' performances saved the movie for me to be completely honest.
July 2, 2007
William H. Macy is almost always fascinating to watch and Mario Bello smoulders.
March 16, 2013
The loveable loser comes good in this interesting take on the Las Vegas casino stories.
January 26, 2013
Great realistic film with 3 terrific leads carrying it home. Not often happy times but it's that un-Hollywood style that gives it's edge. Baldwin's aces here.
January 19, 2013
The film's bland screenplay and dead moments are only partially compensated by the powerful performances of the great cast.
December 7, 2012
Could be worth a viewing, would like to see it sometime in the future.
November 28, 2012
Loved this film. William H. Macy is simply fantastic as the title character. Alec Baldwin delivers perhaps his best role of his career as the brutal casino manager Shelly Kaplow who rules his aging casino with an iron fist and any way he has to.
Maria Bello also delivers a very memorable & powerful performance as Macy's love interest and commands the screen every time she appears on it.

This is not going to be a film everyone likes but it is one of those films that I just loved despite itself.
November 10, 2012
Nice story yet something is amiss - the movie lacks soul. Remarkable performance though by Macy and Baldwin.
bill s.
November 9, 2012
Excellent perfomances...love character driven movies.
October 12, 2012
When you break it down, this is a pretty typical love-story with a ludicrous premise. But it's so well acted that you hardly notice.
September 15, 2012
I LOVE this movie, watch it. Pretty please?

"You look in the mirror, you don't like what you see? Don't believe it. Look in my eyes. I am the only mirror you're ever gonna need. You look in my eyes."-Bernie Lootz "The Cooler"
September 15, 2012
When a movie's premise requires a suspension of reality, it must construct a believable world where an alternate reality works. In The Cooler, several unrealistic premises are submitted, among them that it's possible for a person to be the embodiment of bad luck and that it can be passed on to others merely by being in their presence, and that if he should lose that power, suddenly everyone in a casino will start winning bucketsful of money. This movie fails to create that suspension, perhaps because it's intermingled with all-too-real scenes of cruelty and violence which shocks us back to the way the world really works.
The acting is solid and entertaining, and production values are high, but the schism between reality and fantasy sinks this one.
Kevin M

Super Reviewer

September 12, 2012
I liked this movie a lot. Solid performances all around, particularly from Alec Baldwin. The actual premise is pretty unrealistic: William H. Macy plays a man who goes around from table to table in a Vegas casino so he can bring bad luck down on a player who's winning too much. Things get really interesting when his son comes into the mix and asks him for money so he can support his pregnant wife. Things get out of control when Baldwin and his son collide in a shocking, jaw dropping, and incredibly well done scene. Character development is noticeably present, as Macy's luck changes when he falls in love with a waitress at the casino (maria Bello). Her acting is fantastic as well. If it weren't for these great performances, The Cooler would have been dragged down, but luckily the acting fleshes out the plot. With excellent performances and an awesome original score, The Cooler works quite well. Final score: 8.5.
August 26, 2012
interesting drama/comedy
August 25, 2012
What an interesting pair William H Macy and Maria Bello make in this rather off beat story about Lady Luck, or in this case, the lack of it. Alec Baldwin is superbly menacing in his role as casino boss and Bernie's (Macy) comment about living in the gambling world of Las Vegas with no "day or night" certainly describes the movie's atmosphere.
July 24, 2012
Excellent performances and a fine script make this very worthwhile. Alec Baldwin stands out in a stand-out group of performances. Enjoy.
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