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Employing multiple cinematic clichés and milking stale performances, Deal proves inadequate for even the lowly regarded poker movie genre.
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| Top Critics (10)
| Fresh (1)
| Rotten (34)
| DVD (1)
They've got to do something else with these poker movies.
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.
Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.
Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.
A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders.
Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.
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.
As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ...
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
so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other
There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis.
The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama.
Another card shark movie...where the aging teacher eventually takes the student to school...in more ways than just cards...it is good whether you like the card game of poker or not...see this it is a good watch!
Deal centers around a aging poker player played really good by a ageing Burt Reynolds who never fullfilled his dream of winning the big one and the young kid just out of college he takes under his wing showing him the ins and outs of the poker world that is untill student and teacher go up against each other in a winner take all world series of poker. really good movie worth checking out for those that enjoyed Rounders
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