Reviews

Oct 18, 2008
As ever with gambling films, it's difficult to convey the thrill of winning at second hand; the human-interest complications are unconvincing and Spacey himself, I'm afraid, is a lugubrious and deadening presence.
Oct 18, 2008
If only director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb had not opted for glitz. As filmmakers, they're playing for very low stakes.
Jun 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.
May 16, 2008
It is the gilded embodiment of the American Dream.
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.
Apr 11, 2008
Sturgess quietly sparkles as the born loser who struggles to adapt to life on winners' row.
Apr 11, 2008
The whizzo-conceit and slick visual bling do give it an undeniably diverting buzz, yet the movie's cautionary formula shows its hand way before the clunky final reel.
Apr 11, 2008
The Ocean's Eleven: The College Years mood makes for a breezy good time, even if there is, like Vegas, precious little substance beneath the glitz.
Mar 31, 2008
Like the Strip itself, it's all lights and music throbbing so hard you confuse yourself into thinking you're having fun.
Mar 31, 2008
The students are so blandly written this never builds any suspense, though it probably has some value as an empowerment fantasy for debt-ridden collegians.
Mar 31, 2008
Although it's definitely a fictionalization of a true story, they get the essence of this insanely crazy double life that these kids led as they were breaking the bank in Vegas.
Mar 28, 2008
Inspired by the real-life story of the M.I.T. students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions, 21 has been reshaped to fit a simple movie template -- and it's nearly as much fun as watching an insurance professional compute actuarial tables.
Mar 28, 2008
A movie with an irresistible premise that ultimately collapses around the whole issue of motivation.
Mar 28, 2008
Real-life rags-to-riches Vegas scheme makes for glossy if lightweight fun.
Mar 28, 2008
Repetitive, implausible and overlong.
Mar 28, 2008
When Spacey and Fishburne really go at each other, 21 finally starts to add up to something.
Mar 28, 2008
21 doesn't quite hit the jackpot, but with popcorn it should satisfy.
Mar 28, 2008
A none-too-winning blend of the unsettling and the unsurprising.
Mar 28, 2008
Before sinking into a predictable morality tale, 21 coasts on the superficial thrill of watching casinos take a few hits, but gamblers looking for a how-to lesson on winning in Vegas will be putting their pencils down pretty quickly.
Mar 28, 2008
This is really Spacey's picture, from the moment he fixes his gaze on Sturgess to the day when he finally, brutally cuts him loose. It's a fun performance, but a quiet one.