Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians (2011)

Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians

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Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
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The closer Storkel gets to the individuals who are dedicated to this 'vocation,' the more interesting the movie gets.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

Holy Rollers looks slick for a documentary, and despite utilizing the talking heads-style approach, it does so with an eye for interesting composition.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
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½

I'm really not sure how I feel about "Holy Rollers." Christianity and gambling don't really mesh and that's why people will actually watch this. Whether it is curiosity, a love for controversial topics, or a desire to judge these guys, it's hard not to be interested in this concept. "Holy Rollers" chronicles a group of pastors and church members who count cards at Blackjack to support themselves as they dedicate the rest of their time to the church. While this group treats gambling as a business, so of the drama that they face seems un-Christian and that's where I get a bit upset with this film. Still, it is really fun to watch these guys camble thousands of dollars as if it was Monopoly money. This movie has a lot of appeal because of its "WHAT?!?!? factor," but realize that these men are portrayed very honestly and you might not always like what you see as their story progresses.

½

An intriguing look at morality. Even as a church goer, I'm fairly certain the voices a few of them are hearing are, wait for it, their own. Shocking.

Not anywhere near as fascinating as other documentaries/films about card counters. In fact, it's mostly just the card counters BSing their inner thoughts into the camera. It's also pretty obvious that, other than the basic skill of card counting, they don't have a clue what they are doing. Which is why they are constantly detected and thrown out of the casinos, why they are having long losing streaks, why one of the team members is getting away with pocketing cash, etc. Take a pass.

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