The Big Shot-Caller

2008, Drama, 1h 30m

13 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Though the odds are against him, an aspiring salsa dancer (David Rhein) turns to his estranged sister (Marlene Rhein) for help in making his dream come true.

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Critic Reviews for The Big Shot-Caller

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  • It is hard to see how "The Big Shot-Caller" will catch fire with audiences. From its awkward, ambiguous title to its lack of charismatic performers, this minor drama doesn't have many commercial prospects.

    May 16, 2009
  • Family togetherness goes only so far. Witness The Big Shot-Caller, a lackluster soaper written and directed by Marlene Rhein, who stars with her brother, David Rhein. (They portray brother and sister, no less.)

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This minuscule indie variation of Saturday Night Fever moves only in fits and starts.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the pic...doesn't come off strictly amateur.

    May 14, 2009 | Full Review…
  • You have to wonder about a debut this self-involved: What's left for the second film?

    May 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It is hard to see how "The Big Shot-Caller" will catch fire with audiences. From its awkward, ambiguous title to its lack of charismatic performers, this minor drama doesn't have many commercial prospects.

    May 16, 2009
  • Family togetherness goes only so far. Witness The Big Shot-Caller, a lackluster soaper written and directed by Marlene Rhein, who stars with her brother, David Rhein. (They portray brother and sister, no less.)

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This minuscule indie variation of Saturday Night Fever moves only in fits and starts.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • Rhein's screenplay is witty and original, never taking the expected path and nimbly avoiding cliches and narrative pitfalls.

    August 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A methodical and thoughtful film that provides food for thought but will be too slow for most audiences.

    May 28, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Shot-Caller

  • May 22, 2009
    Cleverly written, heartfelt film about a socially awkward, legally blind man who sets out to achieve his dream of becoming a salsa dancer. Despite its generic sounding description, "The Big Shot-Caller" is a unique, completely winning charmer made with warmth and heart.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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