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Even Money (2007)

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24

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

Even Money is so obsessed with portraying the ills of gambling it forgets to develop compelling or likable characters.

14

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

Even Money is so obsessed with portraying the ills of gambling it forgets to develop compelling or likable characters.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 6,521

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Movie Info

Forest Whitaker, Kim Basinger, Jay Mohr, Danny DeVito, Nick Cannon, and Carla Gugino star in director Mark Rydell's ensemble addiction drama detailing the manner in which gambling and drugs affect a variety of people's lives during the weeks leading up to a championship college basketball game. Carolyn (Basinger) is a struggling novelist whose addiction to the slots drives her to deceive her husband Tom (Liotta). Though Carloyn claims to be working on her latest manuscript at a nearby coffee

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Robert Tannen

Sep 11, 2007

Yari Film Group

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (26) | DVD (4)

Um, gambling's bad, mkay?

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Just about everyone falls into a black hole of overwritten, overwrought melodrama in this convoluted disaster.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Even Money never quite achieves [Crash's] epic badness -- but Kim Basinger's mortifying turn as the struggling writer is hysterical in every sense of the word.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Strong performances save this somewhat melodramatic film from sudsing up, at least until the end.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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If you're looking for entertainment, save your 10 bucks for the lottery.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The story is scarcely grounded in the mechanics of real-world expression.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Ambitious as it is, Even Money truly succeeds as a gripping story about our urge to want more; more love, or more money, or just more life

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Mediocre gambling drama is a pretty weak bet.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Tannen's script dances with ridiculous one too many times.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The film is definitely worth a look.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

most watchers will likely be too depressed to muster much sympathy for Even Money's downtrodden losers.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Producer Bob Yari returns to the Crash well with Even Money and comes up with a turgid PSA about the dangers of gambling.

June 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The kind of strong, intelligent adult drama that was an endangered species in Hollywood until 'Crash'. Overall, it's a winning bet at the movies.

May 21, 2007
Maxim

To co-opt gambling addiction, which has roots far more complex than 'what we're willing to put on the line,' into the service of such facile moralizing seems tasteless.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Basinger screws up her face in angsty constipation, playing the slots... Like. She. Really. Means. It.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

This collection of cautionary anecdotes never adds up to much more than the sum of their obvious morals.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Robert Tannen's first-produced screenplay certainly doesn't lack for story -- or clichés, for that matter. Nor does Tannen skimp on trite, predictable plot twists, or well-worn, stock characters in his pedestrian script.

May 18, 2007
Reel.com

Director Mark Rydell is often good at evoking the desperation and superstitious hope that's a big part of the gaming spirit. This is nothing new, either, but it's enough to keep the movie intriguing enough to watch.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

This crime drama doesn't push any envelopes but delivers a smart package to more demanding filmgoers.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Yeah, we know that gambling is bad. That doesn't mean one needs to make, let alone sit through, a poorly conceptualized movie to realize it.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Audience Reviews for Even Money

really good flick. complete all star cast and everyone really delivered. it was cool to see peoples stories intertwined who really had nothing to do with each other and never met, even though they were connected in many ways. it makes you wonder how many people you are connected to that you dont even know exist. there werent alot of redeeming characteristics in some of the characters except maybe ray liota and nick cannons character, but i still felt for some of these characters. this film does a great job of showing the downfalls of money and greed.
December 1, 2009
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Like Crash, but without the 'r'.
May 13, 2007
wbgoose13

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Good film, great cast and performances. A standout performance by Tim Roth.
June 6, 2008
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