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Maverick (1994)

tomatometer

67

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 17

It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.

67

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.

audience

71

liked it
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 160,235

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Movie Info

A gunslinging con man develops a tricky scheme to make a killing at a major poker tournament in this comic Western inspired by the popular television show. Mel Gibson assumes the role of Bret Maverick, the handsome rogue who hopes to cheat his way to success. In need of a large stake to enter a major card competition on a Louisiana steamboat, Maverick decides to take advantage of a few small-town poker players. These include the seemingly sweet Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and the

PG-13,

Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy

William Goldman

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (17) | DVD (6)

[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Goldman and director Richard Donner don't know when to stop mining a gag and to move on. That the film runs in excess of two hours is indicative of the filmmakers' love affair with scenes that don't work.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It's cleverly crafted, and you can't help enjoying it even when you know it's manipulating you as brazenly as a poker dealer with tricky fingers and a well-stacked deck.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Somewhere about halfway through Hour Two, you might find yourself looking at your watch and wondering, 'Like, when is this movie going to begin?'

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

We can close the competition for the most entertaining of the current spate of feature movies based on old TV shows.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Facetious and cynical, Mel Gibson's star vehicle is glossy and superficially enteratining, but doesn't begin to approximate the charm of James Garner and the original TV series.

December 30, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

...an easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better...

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

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June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Everyone on board seems to be having enormous fun.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's an enjoyable family film.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Maverick

I've never seen an episode of the original TV series but from what I gather, there are a lot of in-jokes and nods to popular episodes and characters. There are also a lot of nods to Donner's films which I did get, some of them a little blatant and risky (See the Danny Glover cameo) but all forgivable given the likability factor of the overall story. That is exactly what this film is, Likable. Mel Gibson's a great actor, seeing him and James Garner pair up was a joy.
September 16, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

We are all in the middle of a poker game and its obvious that everyone is bluffing, but I couldn't have told you what the winning hand was going to be. This movie was filled with coincidences too over-the-top that just happened to develop the plot precisely as needed, but I give an extra star for the set and costume designs.
June 27, 2011
Matthew Slaven

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