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Deal (2008)



Critic Consensus: Employing multiple cinematic clichés and milking stale performances, Deal proves inadequate for even the lowly regarded poker movie genre.

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Deal yourself in for high-speed thrills and high-stakes poker action in this triumphant tale of cards and courage starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Shannon Elizabeth. A retired gambler (Reynolds) itching to get back in the game teams up with a hotshot college senior (Harrison) to take the poker world by storm. But a beautiful Vegas call girl (Elizabeth) complicates the plan, and soon the teacher and student find themselves in a heads-up battle for the championship. Featuring an all-star lineup of your favorite Texas hold'em players, Deal is a winning hand for poker fans everywhere!
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Bret Harrison
as Alex Stillman
Burt Reynolds
as Tommy Vinson
Charles Durning
as Charlie Adler
Jennifer Tilly
as Karen 'Razor' Jones
Michael Sexton
as Himself
Maria Alaina Mason
as Helen Vinson
Gary Grubbs
as Mr. Stillman
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Critic Reviews for Deal

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

They've got to do something else with these poker movies.

April 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Reynolds doesn't convey any of the lightning bolt insouciance that made him arguably the greatest movie star of the '70s and '80s (really) but rather just stands there.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.

April 25, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Deal

Alex is a hot shot poker player with the talent but no experience,until Tommy Vinson a once great poker player comes out of retirement to tutor him in the ways of not only poker but in life itself..Seem familiar? Thats because this is basically just The Color of Money with Texas Hold "em instead of poker..still Burt Reynolds is pretty good playing a role so many have done before him.

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony

I thought this movie was original and suspenseful, and I don't understand why this movie has gotten so many negative reviews. Come on, Burt Reynolds is in it! But then again, I don't play poker, so maybe I am too naive about the game.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith

Another card shark movie...where the aging teacher eventually takes the student to more ways than just is good whether you like the card game of poker or not...see this it is a good watch!

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