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Casino Jack (2010)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Spacey turns in one of his stronger performances, but Casino Jack is a disappointingly uneven fictionalized account of a fascinating true story.

Movie Info

Two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime in CASINO JACK, a riotous new film starring Spacey as a man hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays in the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe-inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to get what he wants. Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top for even the wildest imaginations to conjure, CASINO JACK lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Jack Abramoff. Aided by his business partner Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper), Jack parlays his clout over some of the world's most powerful men with the goal of creating a personal empire of wealth and influence. When the two enlist a mob-connected buddy (Jon Lovitz) to help with one of their illegal schemes, they soon find themselves in over their heads, entrenched in a world of mafia assassins, murder and a scandal that spins so out of control that it makes worldwide headlines. Directed by George Hickenlooper (FACTORY GIRL, THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS), CASINO JACK returns Spacey to the type of role that made him famous - a cool-headed, articulate snake charmer whose wild ambitions knows no limits or boundaries. The film also stars Kelly Preston and Rachelle Lefevre and is produced by Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Vitetzakis from an original screenplay by Norman Snider. Executive Producers are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Lewin Webb, Donald Zuckerman, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino. The Associate Producer is Rick Chad. -- (C) Art Takes Overmore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Snider
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
ATO Pictures - Official Site


Kevin Spacey
as Jack Abramoff
Barry Pepper
as Michael Scanlon
Jon Lovitz
as Adam Kidan
Kelly Preston
as Pam Abramoff
Rachelle Lefevre
as Emily Miller
Daniel Kash
as Gus Boulis
Graham Greene (II)
as Harry Clearwater
Maury Chaykin
as Big Tony
Yannick Bisson
as Oscar Carillo
Spencer Garrett
as Tom Delay
Conrad Pla
as Prosecutor Kiddell
Ruth Marshall
as Susan Schmidt
Sima Fisher
as Acquaintance
Xenia Siamas
as Stewardess
Joe Pingue
as Anthony Ferrari
David Fraser
as Karl Rove
Cindy Dolenc
as Female Friend
Paolo Mancini
as Scott Gleason
Graham Abbey
as Simon Bowles
Judah Katz
as Abbe Lowell
Matt Gordon
as Bill Jarrell
Jeffrey R. Smith
as Grover Norquist
Jeff Pustil
as Bob Ney
Kristin Hinton
as Junior Executive
Reid Morgan
as Brian Mann
Damir Andrei
as Manny Rovelas
Paul Brian Anderson
as Senator McCain
Andrea Davis
as Delay's Secretary
Adam Waxman
as Lobbyist #1
Anna Hardwick
as Lobbyist #2
Cynthia Amsden
as Sunsail Casino Guest...
Balford Gordon
as Kidan's Bodyguard
Paul Stephen
as Reverend Mueller
Stephen Chambers
as Art Dimopoulos
Brian Paul
as Senator McCain
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News & Interviews for Casino Jack

Critic Reviews for Casino Jack

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

The film has a complicated political story to tell, and its erratically suspenseful narrative often detracts from its central interest - what makes Abramoff tick.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Casino Jack is really two movies: a convoluted tale about the exploits of disgraced Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, coupled with a zealous-if-misguided performance from Kevin Spacey in the title role.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The film tries to encompass all of Abramoff's encyclopedic chicanery and chokes on the sheer volume.

Full Review… | January 13, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Casino Jack is a funny and enjoyable film with great performances.

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

too little too late

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
7M Pictures

Hickenlooper was a talented director with a clear, passionate love of movies. It's a shame his last one had to be this one.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for Casino Jack

Honor. Integrity. Principles. Everything is Negotiable.

Good Film! Theme of this story is alive, kicking and fuelled for take-off even now. As distressing and disturbing as the film's subject should be it is played out in such a way as we are information and knowledge gathering much like a media warning about "this is what lobbying really is". It is also a shrewd warning as to how shameless and immoral some people are when they are saying nice things to you, as if we needed a warning! I found it worthwhile to research the subject of lobbying a little more after I had seen this film and found myself disbelieving some of the things I have found out. This alone convinced me the film does not pull any punches. Watch it just to wise up. Fortunately it is acted so powerfully and so sharply you will not want to look away.

A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff cons Washington power players and Native casino owners.
"My name is Jack Abramoff, and I work out every day."
Kevin Spacey chews the scenery to bits, and what would be heavy-handed bullshit in the hands of another actor is just good fun for Spacey. Roger Maris and Jon Lovitz try to keep up, but Spacey's personality and character are almost too much to eclipse. I can't say that it's a good performance, but it's entertaining.
Structured like a basic crime drama, what makes Casino Jack interesting is Abramoff's blissful ignorance of the corruption in which he's a central player. Though the film could have done more to show the victims of his crimes, it's almost as though Abramoff's personality overshadows his negative effects - a result that likely mirrors what it's like to be around the real Abramoff.
Overall, the film is imbalanced, but if you want to see Kevin Spacey have fun being an actor, this is the film for you.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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