Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 168


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Ben Campbell is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who--needing to pay school tuition--finds the answers in the cards. He is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students that heads to Vegas every weekend armed with fake identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. With unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa leading the way, they've cracked the code. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos big time. Seduced by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and by his smart and sexy teammate, Jill Taylor, Ben begins to push the limits. Though counting cards isn't illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casinos' menacing enforcer: Cole Williams.

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Jim Sturgess
as Ben Campbell
Kate Bosworth
as Jill Taylor
Laurence Fishburne
as Cole Williams
Kevin Spacey
as Prof. Micky Rosa
Jacob Pitts
as Jimmy Fisher
Josh Gad
as Miles Connoly
Helen Carey
as Ellen Campbell
Jack Gilpin
as Bob Phillips
Donna Lows
as Planet Hollywood Dealer
Butch Williams
as Planet Hollywood Dealer
Jeffrey Ma
as Planet Hollywood Dealer Jeff
Frank Patton
as Planet Hollywood Floor Manager
Steven Richard Vezina
as Red Rock Dealer
Chaska T. Werner
as Red Rock Dealer
Kyle D. Morris
as Red Rock Dealer
Ernell Manabat
as Red Rock Doorman
Frankie DeAngelo
as Red Rock Host
Marcus Weiss
as Red Rock Valet
Anthony DiMaria
as Hard Rock Doorman
Christopher Holley
as Philosophical Gambler
Terasa Livingstone
as Russian's Girlfriend
Jeff Dashnaw
as Russian Mafioso
Colin Angle
as Professor Hanes
Kieu Chinh
as Chinese Woman
Alice Lo
as Chinese Woman
Sally Livingston
as Chemistry Review Girl
Henry Houh
as Chinatown Dealer
Frank Chen
as Shinatown Host
Celeste Oliva
as Airport Screener
Tom McGowan
as Husband
Christian Mello
as Drunk Dude
Greg Seymore
as Drunk Dude
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Critic Reviews for 21

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Audience Reviews for 21

  • 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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