Deal Reviews

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November 17, 2011
April 28, 2011
An embarrassingly toothless and endlessly boring story about characters we barely get to know doing things that are more exciting than they make it seem.
April 4, 2011
October 9, 2009
As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...
April 24, 2009
It's not the cards you play but the people . . . which is why poker movies (in this case Texas Hold'em) are far more interesting than many sports movies
August 18, 2008
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
August 15, 2008
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
August 13, 2008
The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.
August 8, 2008
Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.
April 28, 2008
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
April 25, 2008
There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal
April 25, 2008
There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them.
April 25, 2008
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.
April 25, 2008
Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.
April 25, 2008
You've got to know when to walk away from a movie like this: right away, and that's only if you can't run.
April 25, 2008
A raft of pros appear as themselves, but this story will likely seem less exciting than an actual competition.
April 25, 2008
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
April 25, 2008
Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.
April 25, 2008
About now is when a critic would throw in a reference to a low poker hand to compare it to, but Deal can't even rise to a pair of twos.
April 25, 2008
...a movie making a brief stop at local theaters on its way to DVD bargain bins and cable showings at two in the morning.
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