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The Cooler Reviews

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December 19, 2003
There are interesting ideas in The Cooler ... but writer/director Wayne Kramer has not worked out these ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 3, 2005
A pointless, money-depleting waste of time to be avoided at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
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
November 25, 2003
Straight-to-video, B-movie material that benefits from A-level performances, particularly from Maria Bello.
| Original Score: C+
November 30, 2003
It's frustrating to watch good performances drown in a sea of movie cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 19, 2003
Worth seeing... for William H. Macy's (naked) butt, I guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
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
June 16, 2004
Macy wears his habitual hangdog expression like a cheap, crumpled suit that's been slept in a few too many times
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.
November 25, 2003
'Ocean's Eleven' this is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 21, 2007
Avoid this film. It will eat your soul and vomit black bile in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2003
Contrived and artificial, glibly using its central conceit as a thematic device and nothing else.
| Original Score: C
December 25, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2003
Wayne Kramer's misogynistic The Cooler is not for the Mamet faint-of-heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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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