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21 Reviews

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Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Spacey makes a nicely chilly villain and Bosworth a warm and glamorous leading lady, if an implausible maths genius.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
See this for the sheer fascination of it.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Regardless whether there are a number of clichés and plot incongruities, this entertaining and fast-paced flick will find an audience hoping to learn how to beat the dealer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Rentschler
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kit Bowen
October 1, 2008
Even though you can predict what happens, 21 is still fairly compelling for a movie about counting cards at a blackjack table.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Empty calories, yes, but tasty enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
July 23, 2008
Treating card playing as an exciting spectator sport rather than, say, about as thrilling as watching fishing for two hours, this offbeat cautionary tale warns all those impulsive casino-bound eggheads out there, that losers come in all IQ's.
July 17, 2008
After all the dramatizing to protect the innocent is done, the story has a nice, comfy Hollywood ending (complete with baked goods), but it's fun to ride the myth for a while, especially with such comely partners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
It didn't blow me away, but it was an entertaining way to spend 2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
The movie introduces a world and sells it extremely well. It does a good job of explaining the rules of the card-counting scam, and the actual blackjack scenes are quite exciting
| Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 7, 2008
A breezy, fast-moving romp that trades well on its appeal as a glitzy caper movie about high-end scam artists without losing sight of its simmering greed-is-not-so-good theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Michael
FILMINK (Australia)
June 7, 2008
While this is eager-to-please Hollywood-by-numbers fare, 21 should provoke enough interest to make you pick up a copy of the book that the film cheats to get the real deal.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
... the film is such a love letter to 'Risky Business,' it almost qualifies as a pseudo remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 4, 2008
The vast majority of 21 is pure fun; I would've loved to give it an unqualified rave, so its flaws are especially annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2008
Unfortunately, "21" doesn't give away any of the secrets of counting cards that the average person could use to get revenge against the casinos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 16, 2008
It is the gilded embodiment of the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2008
21 is a fast-paced tale that makes winning look not only easy, but a lot of fun.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
April 14, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 11, 2008
Given the true story that inspired it, 21 really should have been a sure-fire bet. As it is, it's a split hand that only pays off thanks to Fishburne and Spacey. Still beats Lucky You, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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