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Deal Reviews

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James Berardinelli
April 23, 2008
The film has more of a checklist of clichés than an actual script and, when it comes to the cast, director Gil Cates Jr. is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 25, 2008
Thoroughly predictable in every way including an obvious ending that tries unsuccessfully to bluff the audience, Deal feels fake and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
Moving slowly these days, Burt Reynolds does less than no acting in this role, and he's still the best thing in Deal.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Mike Scott
October 9, 2009
As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 13, 2008
The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
Deal is fatally earnest: It honestly believes it's the first poker film to have a mentor character tell his young protégé that success in cards is similar to success in life.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2008
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
Victoria Alexander
April 24, 2008
A movie made solely to promote an internet poker site. You have seen this movie many times before.
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Brian Orndorf
April 24, 2008
As a poker diversion, "Deal" should pass the time, but if you're hoping for a dramatically rewarding piece of filmmaking, your odds are better with a different movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Adam Fendelman
April 23, 2008
Deal recycles every nuance of every underdog sports movie -- from Rocky to Rudy to Invincible -- but not well. Burt Reynolds plays a mysterious stranger like he needs a three-year nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Cornelius
August 8, 2008
Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
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.
Christopher Null
August 18, 2008
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
April 24, 2008
In terms of cashing in on poker mania, Deal is so late to the party that it's actually late to the apartment where the guy who threw the party used to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Erik Childress
April 24, 2008
Deal has to take the title of the worst film ever about the game and that includes the how-to videos with Joan Rivers impersonators you see in your Vegas hotel room.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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John Anderson
April 24, 2008
Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 15, 2008
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Alex Markerson
E! Online
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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