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The Cooler Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 14, 2004
Cool as a night on the Vegas strip.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Anytime Kramer runs out of ideas, he gratuitously deals out one shockingly violent scene after another, spoiling a pair of winning performances by Bello and Baldwin.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
February 5, 2004
If you particularly enjoy watching lost souls forfeit otherwise fulfilling lives for the emptiness of Vegas, this might be for you.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
January 28, 2004
A film whose dice are loaded with a slew of great performances, a nearly flawless character study of the unlucky who find love in a place called Vegas, baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wallace Baine
Santa Cruz Sentinel
January 27, 2004
Makes some daring artistic risks and largely succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 24, 2004
Better luck next time, guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 22, 2004
Baldwin... hasn't been this good since his pitbull act in 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
If you can accept the very existence of a 'cooler,' there's little reason not to go the rest of the way with the screenplay's other flights of fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 19, 2004
There's much to admire, but it's overwritten, with too many speeches that burden the characters with unnecessary backstories...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 18, 2004
A blast to watch if for nothing more than the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 18, 2004
A smart, engrossing story with the right balance of down-and-dirty grit and tongue-in-cheek wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 16, 2004
In reconstructing Macy's equal-opportunity loser persona as a romantic winner, The Cooler forgets what made its star so winning in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 16, 2004
Clever and gritty, surprisingly sweet and shockingly violent all in one.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 16, 2004
A B-movie in the best sense: Unpretentious. Raffish. Just trashy enough to be six kinds of fun without making you hate yourself in the morning.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 16, 2004
Kramer has gotten strong performances from his cast (Baldwin is particularly good as the strangely likable, but still horrible, casino owner).
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 16, 2004
A funny, gritty, thoroughly engaging fairy tale set in Las Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 16, 2004
This is a funny (albeit violent) film about the transformative power of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 16, 2004
Macy has played this kind of lovable-loser character so many times that he seems to be coasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2004
A movie without a compass, switching pace and direction as haphazardly as a caffeinated SUV driver on a cellphone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 16, 2004
There's not a single performance that doesn't hit the mark, but still it's difficult to take your eyes off of the star trio of Macy, Bello and Baldwin...
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