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The Gambler Reviews

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December 15, 2016
Doesn't quite stick the landing, but it's still a very good film.
½ August 10, 2016
James Caan as a compulsive gambler in this well acted and scripted character drama.
½ April 28, 2015
kinda 'bummer theater"
April 15, 2015
É estranho que James Caan inspire tantas vezes um sentimento de protecção, quando a sua figura transparece geralmente uma masculinidade de alguém capaz de tomar conta de si. Mas por várias vezes James Caan tem-nos preocupados com o que vai acontecer ao seu personagem, de uma maneira que não acontece com contemporâneos seus como Burt Reynolds ou Peter Fonda. "The Gambler" depende essencialmente da entrega de James Caan para nos deixar sensíveis (por vezes ao ponto da angústia) ao drama de um tipo que não consegue largar o vício do jogo. No modo como depende de Caan, "The Gambler" não é assim tão diferente de "Thief", que nos conquista não só por ser um excelente filme de acção, mas também porque sabe perfeitamente que fragilidades expor no seu principal personagem para que nos possamos identificar com ele (e com a sua vontade de completar o puzzle da alegria que guarda no bolso numa montagem de fotografias). É difícil virar as costas a James Caan.
December 28, 2014
Much criticism and disappointment has been expressed over the new remake of this movie that was released over Christmas. Having seen this version over the remake already in theaters, I understand where the disappointment is coming from. Why on earth would you even dare to remake a film as incredible as this? This original version with James Caan went largely ignored when released, but it stands to me as one of the greatest films to ever come out of the 70's. It has that gritty, NYC, 70's feel that made films like Mean Streets and Serpico so great. The performances are masterful. You can't go wrong with James Caan, or Paul Sorvino either. I HIGHLY recommend, you see this one first before you even think about seeing, what is probably, a useless remake of this classic.
½ December 27, 2014
It's main deficiency is the fact you don't care what happens to the main character.
½ December 26, 2014
EXCELLENT IT IS HANUTNING. STILL THINKING ABOUT IT ; 360,000 WAS IT MORE?
FUCK! GRIPPING! BETTER THAN RIGHTEOUS ANGELINA ... UGH .. PA LEASEEEESE.
½ December 24, 2014
Brilliant performance by Caan highlights an accurate portrait of the addicted gambler. The ending highlights the character of Caan, and may be unsatisfying for some. If you don't understand gamblers or they make you queezy you may want to stay away, otherwise sit back and enjoy. 7 of 10
½ December 20, 2014
A film that is driven and saved primarily by a fantastic performance from James Caan as a man who can't stop himself from destroying himself. It meanders a little too much to be something great, but the persistent rise and failure of Caan's character really drives home the point Reisz is trying to make.
November 14, 2014
Tense story about addiction. James Caan's character is more addicted to the consequences that come along with losing than he is winning. Great overlooked film.
September 1, 2014
A finely written and strongly executed drama on the allures and strange compulsions of gambling addiction.
July 12, 2014
An understated addiction drama. It's a lesser known movie from the '70's, yet it has all the element typical to the characters studies of the period.
January 3, 2014
One of Caan's best films. He is the balls in this. Good support from Paul Sorvino and the scene where he drags his mother around the banks is quiet heart breaking. The finale is immense and the tension is quiet unbearable. Another example of why 70's cinema is simply untouchable.
½ July 11, 2013
It may not quite be Dostoevsky (and really, it doesn't bear much resemblance to the novella on which it is very loosely based), but, after a slightly unfocused start, "The Gambler" gradually builds into something all its own--an effectively anxiety-ridden tragedy of addiction and wasted potential and a tremendous example of the sort of gritty, urban, frustrated male character studies for which the American cinema of the 1970s has become famous. Toback's wrenchingly autobiographical screenplay is directed with understated skill by Karel Reisz, who lets the claustrophobic framing and Mahler-inspired score slowly, almost subliminally seep in over the course of the film's running time until it reaches a kind of feverish (anti?)climax. It's interesting to imagine what someone like Scorsese, for whom the material would obviously have been perfect (and who has considered remaking it), would do with a script like this--where Scorsese would turn it into grand opera, Reisz instead refuses his audience such dramatic or aesthetic release, and instead opts for an unrelenting and unresolved slow-burn. Caan's performance has been pinpointed as one of the peaks of his career, and deservedly so--it's deeply felt and admirably restrained work, which, as with the rest of the film, never even approaches the over-the-top extremes that must have been so tempting.
June 25, 2013
Superb character drama typical of the 70's. James Caan proves yet again what a superb actor he is as the degenerate gambler college professor who keeps digging a bigger hole for himself
½ August 28, 2012
Unnerving drama about a gambler who's almost hell bent at self destruction. Every opportunity to get out of trouble is instead seen as a way to get in even more trouble. The film has a very matter-of-fact feel to it. Karel Reisz provides a steady hand, from James Toback's largely self-referenced script. Good performances, and an appropriately low-key film score by Jerry Fielding adapted from Mahler's Symphony No. 1.
October 7, 2011
My Favorite.
Nice Story.

Like this line:
"Once you ain't a virgin no more, you're a whore."
June 23, 2011
Yet another reason why the 70s will be remembered as the golden age of cinema, gut wrenching high tension masterpiece.
April 1, 2011
A frustrating look at a man hell bent on self destruction. The time past easily enough but it is a little cheesy and the ending was lacking in real climax.
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