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All Critics (11)
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Landau's performance here is a deftly calibrated thing of beauty, and it ranks among his finest work since his Oscar-winning turn as a frail Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood."
The medical tidbits, however awkwardly presented, are the most distinctive aspects of the script. The flat direction, alas, is not the work of a filmmaker.
A compassionate portrayal of lives stripped down to bare essentials by aging, illness, and loss.
...an impressive, nuanced drama that tugs at the heartstrings in witty, poignant fashion. Essentially, Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game is a nice farewell for Landau's long and distinguished career
There's a simplicity to this film that makes it easy to watch, even if it never feels like it breaks the surface.
Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game boasts a trio of fantastic performances, particularly from Sorvino and Landau in one of his finest turns in his final film, and contains just enough laughs and dramatic themes to overcome Weiner's rookie missteps.
The film would benefit from tighter editing and the loss of 20 minutes or so of unnecessary material. As is, it spends too long going nowhere in particular in a manner we have all seen before.
Focuses too obsessively on one particular male malady.
Landau and Sorvino offer wonderfully feeling and funny work, making complex, feisty men out of Abe and Phil.
The film has its moments, but is it the film Martin Landau deserved as his farewell performance?
The Last Poker Game is an unexpectedly warm movie, shot with a honed sense of visual storytelling-especially given the director's newness with all this-and an eye for textures, but one which flames out into a terribly overwrought ending.
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