Deal Reviews

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April 24, 2008
Director/co-writer Gil Cates Jr. gives us a by-the-numbers execution of a by-the-numbers story, which would barely be movie-of-the-week material but for [Burt] Reynolds's "star power."
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.
April 24, 2008
...with production values akin to a 1940s B-movie, the story is derivative, the acting embarrassing.
April 24, 2008
Cares about poker just a bit more than it cares about the characters, and the movie doesn't give a shit about its characters.
April 24, 2008
A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders.
April 24, 2008
Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.
April 24, 2008
A poker movie that has the dubious honor of being even worse than Lucky You.
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.
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.
April 24, 2008
Deal is fatally earnest: It honestly believes it's the first poker film to have a mentor character tell his young protg that success in cards is similar to success in life.
April 24, 2008
A movie made solely to promote an internet poker site. You have seen this movie many times before.
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.
April 24, 2008
It's quite possible that I still would have been bored out of my mind during Deal even if I cared a lick about poker.
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.
April 23, 2008
The film has more of a checklist of clichs than an actual script and, when it comes to the cast, director Gil Cates Jr. is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
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