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21 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 27, 2008
None of the main stars is remotely convincing as a smart person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 26, 2008
The new blackjack dramedy 21 stands when it should hit, never doubles down and wimps out to the point that it turns a pretty compelling tale into a bust.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
March 26, 2008
While I'm firm believer in the adage 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,' 21 doesn't spin a good enough yarn to justify all the changes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 28, 2008
The film is about a group of MIT students who used a very smart card-counting system to milk the casinos. But the movie blows off the deeper thrills of its source material to make a tidier, less compelling amorality play.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2008
The only element in 21 that saves the film from being a dreary coming-of-age story grafted onto a two-hour commercial for the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Bureau is Spacey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 28, 2008
While you may stick with the film -- it's a slick time-waster -- you never believe it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
July 24, 2009
It's a slick enough movie, with an intriguing enough concept. It would be a much more enjoyable movie, however, if the wheels didn't come off script-wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Luketic's dunderheaded, would-be caper is a morality tale where the only moral at stake is the dullard-hero's thoughtless entitlement
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
March 30, 2008
Another average film that could have had so much more to offer if the screenplay followed more closely to the actual events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
March 25, 2008
Entertaining fun [but] flawed in its overuse of Hollywood cliches and trickery that makes it predictable and less believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
When the movie 21 was announced with Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne, it sounded like a winner. When everybody else involved in 21 was mentioned, it was doomed to be a loser.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2008
The movie is oddly structured, taking too long to set up a premise that anyone who has seen an ad for 21 already knows and that I just managed to encapsulate in one sentence.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Too bland, too bright and too long, 21 may talk a big game but it is mainly insipid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
March 28, 2008
21 is based on a true story. So why does so little of this blackjack drama ring true?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 27, 2008
21 is a mini-Ocean's Eleven about, and for, people who are the age of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
October 18, 2008
This is a prime example of a movie that isn't bad, per se, just unnecessary, a competently made but wholly unremarkable trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It has some decent eye candy, but overall this film is bluffing if they think it's a great, intelligent blackjack film. I know I just used a poker term, but I doubt 21 would have noticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 15, 2008
For a film about gambling, you don't actually see enough of it to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 30, 2008
I probably should have given it a lower grade, but I really, really like watching Laurence Fishburne hurt people.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bill Gibron
March 27, 2008
a genial, generic effort attached to an intrinsically interesting premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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