House of Games

Critics Consensus

Galvanized by David Mamet's punchy dialogue and a winding succession of surprises, House of Games is a terse thriller where confidence is currency.

96%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 27

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,502

Where to watch

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

House of Games Videos

House of Games Photos

Movie Info

After one of her patients threatens suicide, psychiatrist Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) confronts the source of his anxieties, a downtown bookie named Mike (Joe Mantegna). Once she decides that Mike is not a serious threat, however, she herself becomes interested in his world of high-stakes gambling, and makes use of her skills at reading "tells," becoming entrenched in his dealings. Things get dangerous, though, when Mike turns out not to be a bookie at all, but a con man.

Cast & Crew

Lindsay Crouse
Margaret Ford
Lilia Skala
Dr. Littauer
J.T. Walsh
The businessman
Willo Hausman
Girl with book
Ricky Jay
George, Vegas Man
David Mamet
Writer (Story)
Jonathan Katz
Writer (Story)
Alaric Jans
Original Music
Juan Ruiz Anchía
Cinematographer
Trudy Ship
Film Editor
Cyrena Hausman
Casting
Michael Merritt
Production Design
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for House of Games

Critic Reviews for House of Games

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for House of Games

  • Oct 02, 2015
    House of Games is one odd thriller. The world it takes place in feels empty; the whole thing seems to happen during off-hours. The vibe is on the laid back side, and carries the suggestion that one relax and be charmed by a bit of showmanship. Yet the film watches quick; the dialogue is all about making contact and moving the action. The delivery is artificially clever and dramatic. The characters feel so distant that I was not going to rate this up much, but then thought about it and realized the film still has a lot of good points to it. Recommended to those who enjoy character studies and a good magic trick.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2012
    Psychiatrist/author Lindsey Crouse, an icy observer who smokes more than a tire fire, gets more than she expects after getting involved with con man Joe Mantegna and his cronies. Hailed by Roger Ebert as the best film of 1987 (and 3rd on Siskel's list), there were certainly far fewer films of this devious ilk back then, but the modern seasoned film enthusiast will probably deduce the destination several stops ahead of time. Still a good watch though, one of David Mamet's best scripts and as director he uses light & shadow to good effect.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2011
    A movie on conmen that as a movie is a con on the audience, clever or stupid? I was way ahead of this movie so I couldn't enjoy it the way it's written to be enjoyed. The performances are great and the dialogue is bright - it's a successful adaption, not an enjoyable movie.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2011
    A real "pop corn muncher" of a movie...a true classic that holds onto your attention long before you realize that you...have been conned...LOL! A psychologist assists a suicidal patient a wee bit too far before she realizes that she too, is in too deep. See this flick it is an eye opening winner!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

House of Games Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides