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The Cooler Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2004
Kramer has gotten strong performances from his cast (Baldwin is particularly good as the strangely likable, but still horrible, casino owner).
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 15, 2004
It's pretty winning for a long way, reminding us that everything in life is a kind of gamble, and if you don't play, you'll never win.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
December 19, 2003
A surprising, ingenious film.
December 19, 2003
While it does occasionally shortchange its characters, it provides plenty of moments for the actors to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2003
Baldwin bites into his role as if it were a 3 a.m. cheeseburger after a night of blackjack and booze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2003
A winning drama that's only slightly too pleased with its own playful conceits, The Cooler features strong performances and flows with the grace and assurance of a Sinatra song.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 19, 2003
A safe bet.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 19, 2003
If you're really in the market for seasonal inspiration, The Cooler could be your best bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2003
The Cooler mixes character and milieu with a hustler's ease.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 19, 2003
A carefully assembled supporting cast gives The Cooler the grit that sells the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2003
The Cooler is old-fashioned in the way the Shangri-La is old-fashioned, and I mean that as a compliment. This is a movie without gimmicks, hooks or flashy slickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2003
The Cooler is as much of a con as Vegas itself; that's the source of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2003
It may be the best movie ever made about Vegas.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2003
All cast members are superb.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 18, 2003
Baldwin grabs this part by the throat and never lets go, recapturing some of his memorable Glengarry Glen Ross persona.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2003
Small-scale moviemaking about small-scale lives. But it's big in all the right ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2003
Macy's layered characterization energizes a project that could have drowned in clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 18, 2003
If you'd thought Macy had explored every nook and cranny of loserville in such movies as Fargo and Magnolia, think again: He makes Bernie into someone brand new.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2003
Deserves to be seen for one of the most lyrically convincing sex scenes of the year, from the neck up as well as from the neck down, performed by Mr. Macy and Ms. Bello with genuinely engaging affection and amusement on a person-to-person level.
December 4, 2003
Directed with a couple of brass knuckles by Wayne Kramer, The Cooler turns into a disappointing fable in the end, but for most of its 101 minutes, it's a grim companion piece to Leaving Las Vegas.
November 29, 2003
William H. Macy and Maria Bello shine in a terrific -- and surprisingly sexy -- tale of a Vegas loser whose luck begins to turn.
November 28, 2003
The Cooler isn't a great movie -- like a nervous gambler, it's scared to go for broke -- but it has a good run for awhile.
November 26, 2003
The best thing Baldwin has done in years, and a triumph of low-budget storytelling by a director to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2003
I ended up mostly liking The Cooler.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 25, 2003
This picture is rescued from cliche by the quality of the acting, and Mr. Kramer wisely gives the actors room to work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 25, 2003
In a notably confident feature debut, Kramer demonstrates a surefire skill in eliciting genuine emotional impact amid make-believe.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
The romance that ensues between Macy and Bello (both of whom are terrific) is exactly the kind of mature, sexy adult relationship that people complain doesn't exist in movies anymore.
November 25, 2003
[The] film never amounts to more than a cute idea stretched to poker-chip thinness.
November 25, 2003
Kramer has fashioned an impressive cinematic calling card.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
It's a pleasure to watch Macy, with customary craft and intelligence, create from the ground up an unlikely, yet plausible romantic lead.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2003
It's a very good movie.
November 20, 2003
From James Whitaker's seductive camerawork to Mark Isham's lush score, The Cooler places all the smart bets and hits the jackpot.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2003
It's got the kick, style and flavor of a straight-up story, before movies were watered down with the opinions of marketers, lawyers and committee heads.