The Grand Reviews

April 10, 2008
Just showing us what ex-sitcom stars and Bavarian directors do in their spare time isn't quite enough to justify The Grand, which does for poker what Best in Show did for dogs while completely avoiding any jokes about poker-playing canines.
April 4, 2008
There may be too many cooks here, too many TV stars trying to make an impression in a relatively high-profile independent film, but they connect just often enough to leave you smiling.
April 4, 2008
You eventually get the feeling that the actors are riffing mainly for each other. Their attitude is, 'We're talented, trust us, we know how to be funny,' but in the end, it's mostly just a bluff.
April 3, 2008
It's hard to believe that a lineup so stellar could generate so few laughs, but there it is.
March 26, 2008
It's obvious that The Grand's director, Zak Penn, set out to make the Best in Show of high-stakes poker, but to raise the ante, he piles up the absurdities and zany backstories.
March 24, 2008
There's a lot of material there in the poker world that is ripe for satire but it misses the boat here almost always.
March 21, 2008
The Grand is in the grand tradition of Christopher Guest 'mockumentary' comedy satires: Its greatest asset is its eclectic, quirky-funny cast.
March 21, 2008
Even if you know nothing at all about the game, you'd be hard-pressed to find better entertainment for such a modest entry fee.
March 21, 2008
The 'card flick' has usually been a standard western, drama or crime deal -- that is, until a pack of mostly veteran comic actors tried their hand at improvising, Christopher Guest-style, in the highly amusing The Grand.
March 21, 2008
This failure of steely intention, combined with a not quite satisfactory resolution of the fates of the characters, keeps the movie just shy of being a first-rate comedy.