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The Cooler Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 19, 2003
There are interesting ideas in The Cooler ... but writer/director Wayne Kramer has not worked out these ideas.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A pointless, money-depleting waste of time to be avoided at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
December 5, 2003
One of those movies that looks better on paper than it does in actual execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 24, 2003
Fell apart because the senseless rags-to-riches story and the weak formulaic characterization of cliché Las Vegas figures never added up to much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
November 25, 2003
Straight-to-video, B-movie material that benefits from A-level performances, particularly from Maria Bello.
| Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 30, 2003
It's frustrating to watch good performances drown in a sea of movie cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 19, 2003
Worth seeing... for William H. Macy's (naked) butt, I guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 19, 2003
Had The Cooler stuck to its dark guns and not turned into a treacly, love-conquers-all fairy tale, this movie might have gone somewhere.
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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
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
The Cooler is too earnest a morality tale, saddled with derivative characters, to heat up much sympathy or interest.
| Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 16, 2004
Macy wears his habitual hangdog expression like a cheap, crumpled suit that's been slept in a few too many times
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.
Marcy Dermansky
November 25, 2003
'Ocean's Eleven' this is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Avoid this film. It will eat your soul and vomit black bile in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Timothy Knight
December 2, 2003
Despite strong performances by leads William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin, this romantic drama about a perennial loser beating the odds in Las Vegas is predictable and unconvincing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 25, 2003
Contrived and artificial, glibly using its central conceit as a thematic device and nothing else.
| Original Score: C
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
December 25, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2003
Wayne Kramer's misogynistic The Cooler is not for the Mamet faint-of-heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dustin Putman
November 23, 2003
Becomes too cute for its own good, relying so heavily on symbolism to get its points across that it becomes more ridiculous than lyrical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
November 20, 2003
Not unenjoyable, but not particularly memorable Casino/Hard Eight/Leaving Las Vegas hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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