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The Gambler (2014)



Critic Consensus: Well-paced and reasonably entertaining in its own right, The Gambler still suffers from comparisons to the James Caan classic that inspired it.

Movie Info

Jim Bennett (Academy Award (R)-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award (R)-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance... (C) Paramountmore
Rating: R (for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Toback, William Monahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2015
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Mark Wahlberg
as Jim Bennett
Brie Larson
as Amy Phillips
Anthony Kelley
as Lamar Allen
Steve Park
as Number 2
Michael K. Williams
as Neville Baraka
Chil Kong
as Blackjack Dealer #1
Davone McDonald
as Neville's Muscle
Amin Joseph
as Neville's Bookkeeper
Cjon Saulsberry
as Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell
as Neville's Posse
Alvin Ing
as Mister Lee
Karen Ritchie
as Blackjack Dealer #2
Tina Wang
as Roulette Croupier
Josiah Blount
as Nebbishy Student
Shakira Ja'nai Paye
as Questioning Student
Melanie McComb
as Mouthy Student
Andre Braugher
as Dean Fuller
Chanon Finley
as Pole Dancer
Raquel Pomplun
as Bottle Service Girl
Mattie Hawkinson
as Wide Eyed Student
James Wellington
as Indian Casino Dealer
Carlos L. Smith
as Indian Casino Ranche...
Steven Fisher
as Indian Casino Gamble...
Henry Penzi
as Indian Casino Gamble...
Steve Kim
as Mister Lee's Heavy #...
Simon Rhee
as Mister Lee's Heavy #...
Leland Orser
as Larry Jones
Todd Tetreault
as ROTC Squad Leader
Trevor Denman
as Horse Race Announcer
Jessika Van
as Sports Bar Waitress
Mike Rylander
as Game Announcer
Marques Johnson
as Game Color Man
Mark Schotz
as Assistant Basketball...
Michael Fisher
as Basketball Coach
Kent Avenido
as Gambling Den Owner
Marc Abbink
as Press Member
Brian Woods
as Referee
Rio Ahn
as Korean Pit Boss
Stephen Woo
as Karaoke Singer
as Student
Greg Duncan
as Security Consultant
Jason Her
as Radio Host
Kelly Bacon
as High-Fiving Court Fa...
Rex Hindrichs
as Donovan Cham (Wildca...
Jahmilla Jackson
as Supporting
Sun Jae Kim
as Gambler Ken
Stephen Choi
as Black Jack Dealer
Daniel Mitchell
as Jim's Dad
Lawannah Ann Curry
as Upscale Gambler
Denise J. Saucedo
as Posse (Janet Mc)
Nicki Dion
as Student
Micah Taylor West
as Female Basketball Pl...
Moses Yim
as Upscale Gambler
Jonathan Gatz
as Screaming Fan
Alex Gregory
as Basketball Player
Dawayne Jordan
as Basketball Fan
Anita Liao
as Casino Hostess
Hanna Messick
as Cheongsam Girl
TJ Nibbio
as Basketball Fan
Christopher Brian Ni...
as Basketball Coach
Justin Ryan
as Basketball Fan
Iain Sandison
as Bookstore Guy
Joseph Steven
as Funeral Priest
Eric Bryan Stone
as Basketball Player
Steven J. Wong
as Mr. Mahjong
Jen Yim
as Showgirl
Teazz Yung
as Supporting
Michael Fisher
as Basketball Coach
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Critic Reviews for The Gambler

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (31)

This remake not only fails to justify its own existence, it very nearly calls into question the necessity of the material in any form.

Full Review… | April 12, 2016

Watchable scene-to-scene as an old-fashioned character study.

Full Review… | February 25, 2016
The Film Stage

Mark Wahlberg is intense and compelling... but his character's self-destructive behaviour strains the viewer's sympathy almost as much as it strains that of the people around him.

Full Review… | June 27, 2015
Movie Talk

A lame remake of the 1974 original, this Gamble doesn't pay off

Full Review… | June 12, 2015
Movie Habit

The screenplay by William Monahan bears great responsibility on the finished product. It's important to get the characters right. It's not happening here.

Full Review… | May 1, 2015
Movie Chambers

He's an interesting character... but I can't use that same adjective for the film itself.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
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Audience Reviews for The Gambler


Wahlberg's existential crisis is sharply written and briskly paced, but in a film that's a little too aimless.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

"The Gambler" is slick, interesting, but ultimately dull and boring. I had so many mixed feelings leaving the screening for this film. Great performances all around, but a premise that has already been done to death. After losing his grandfather, Jim Bennett is faced with his past as all the people he owes money to, come back to haunt him. He has natural luck for gambling but does not know how to get out when he is high. There is some great tension building in the betting portions of the film and whether he will make it out alive, but with hardly a score and a very slow pace, "The Gambler" is kind of a sleeper that will be forgotten in years to come. Not to say that any of the film is particularly bad, it just doesn't do anything new and the script needs some work. Overall, I had a decent time watching this film, but there is nothing special enough about it to warrant a recommendation. I honestly expected more from the director of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Jim Bennett: You got me feeling lucky; I'm putting everything on black...

In a film about high stakes gambling and the crushing weight an addiction (or whatever Mark Wahlberg's character wants to call it), knowing how to balance the tension and frustration of someone constantly risking it all with cinematic skill is very important. Rupert Wyatt's directorial follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a drastically different type of film in terms of scale, but this remake of 1974's The Gambler clearly shows that he can balance entertainment with intelligence within the confines of mainstream studio fare. Not that we do not see this from other filmmakers in any given year and it is also not like The Gambler is not without its share of issues, but as much as Wahlberg is the star actor in the film, Rupert Wyatt is really selling himself as the star director.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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