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21 could have been a fascinating study had it not supplanted the true story on which it is based with mundane melodrama.

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Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a brilliant student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, needs some quick cash to pay his tuition bills. He joins a group of students who, under the leadership of unorthodox professor Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey), use their math skills to win big in Las Vegas. Seduced by a beautiful teammate (Kate Bosworth) and loads of money, Ben learns that the stakes are higher than he ever imagined when he crosses paths with casino enforcer Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).

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  • May 12, 2014
    A cliched film with a typical story of a guy who wins it all and then loses it again. There are no real surprises here and the twist isn't hard to see but the dazzle and glitz of Vegas is still entertaining and it's a well made film.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    A dynamic cast compiled by the help of one Kevin Spacey. 21 is a swift and smart story that is visually fascinating as it is clever. The film is brought down by the less-than-charismatic drama. Regardless of the uninspiring tone, the film is fair and solid enough to watch and enjoy. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2013
    This movie just has so many points at which it should end, but it just keeps going and going and it isn't extremely interesting.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    Gotta love any rags to riches story, and when it deals with gambling and counting cards it's even better. Overall, good fun movie.
    Eric A Super Reviewer

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