Shade Reviews

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Robert Koehler
June 10, 2008
Card sharks and grifters look like the stuff of an engrossing movie in Shade, but, in the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.
Bill Clark
June 26, 2005
Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 22, 2004
...the plot becomes almost irrelevant -- these guys are just fun to watch, and only Newton seems to be on a vain superstar trip.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 30, 2004
A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 27, 2004
O diretor/roteirista Damian Nieman mantém o filme com um ritmo sempre envolvente e conta com as ótimas atuações de todo o elenco (Stallone e Townsend, em especial).
| Original Score: 4/5
Todd Gilchrist
April 16, 2004
With so many sucker bets coercing your hand before you're really ready to make a safe cinematic wager, this will be one film you won't mind losing your money to see.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
April 11, 2004
Too much of a jumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 9, 2004
Good fun for those who like Mametian con-inside-a-con-inside-a-con trickery.
| Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2004
Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
April 8, 2004
Through some mystery of connection and financing that involves producer Merv Griffin, many worthy players are degraded by Nieman's amateur stylings.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2004
A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 5, 2004
In a movie about the con, the play is to hustle the audience into thinking it's more than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
March 25, 2004
A fan of gambling flicks? Then, ante up for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
July 25, 2003
Audiences are (or should be) too keen on the con genre for filmmakers to keep expecting wide-eyed reactions on twist after twist, but this is a pretty decent one and outside of Mamet it's not often something you should expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2003
In the game of con-poker, a pair of card mechanics beats a full house of gangsters every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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