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Jackpot (2001)

tomatometer

29

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 39

A somewhat aimless movie that's too artsy for its own good.

15

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 17

A somewhat aimless movie that's too artsy for its own good.

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Movie Info

Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singing star, abandons his wife and young baby to set off on a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. He takes off with his road manager in a pink Chrysler in search of their own version of the American Dream: a country loving audience.

R,

Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Mark Polish, Michael Polish

Dec 18, 2001

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This is a comedy but the laughter it prompts is dark and parched.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Because there is no real chance Sunny will triumph -- Rocky this isn't -- we await the end with the same polite, mildly bemused vacancy with which we await the end of a serious karaoke performance, only without the benefit of alcohol.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The Polish brothers are clearly talented; all they need now is a story that's more interesting than this one.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Polish brothers are onto something about their view of small-towns in the western part of America...

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

"Jackpot" is a downbeat but effective character study ...

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
Baseline.Hollywood.com

Has its moments, but if we're meant to care about these losers, the film misses by a mile.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The Polish brothers seem more intent on giving their film an artsy sheen than on making sense of the characters or their plight.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

For anyone interested in a movie that wipes clean the grungy patina of self-delusionment, Jackpot hits solid pay dirt.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

These appealing characters wear out their welcome at about the same time it becomes apparent they're going nowhere slowly and that the teasing promises made by the story's fractured sensibility will be modestly realized at best.

September 21, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jackpot's song skips about the countryside never hitting full groove.

September 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Ultimately, Sunny is too hopeless to really care about.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A disappointing tease of a movie, all low-rent glimmer and ominous hints of something awful that either happened or is going to happen.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Being the kind of film that opts for visual flash over intellectual (or emotional) substance, Jackpot doesn't hold up for the long haul.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Dominated by a protagonist so uninteresting that he overshadows everything.

August 30, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Polishes have shattered their sophomore slump and delivered an even better film than their first.

August 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Without a more compelling story, Jackpot's payout doesn't amount to much.

August 17, 2001
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