Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.

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A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap in this action drama. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule, and discovers Ashley, unaware that Nick is dead, is waiting for him. Swayed by her beauty, Rudy claims to be Nick, which turn out to be fun until Rudy meets Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Gabriel runs with a group of outlaws planning on using Nick's knowledge of an Indian gambling casino in Michigan where he once worked in order to stage a massive robbery on Christmas Eve. Rudy soon realizes if keeps on being Nick, he gets to stay with Ashley, but he'll also have to go along with Gabriel's robbery, which could easily land him back in prison -- or get him killed. Clarence Williams III, Danny Trejo and Donal Logue play Gabriel's henchmen; Dennis Farina, Isaac Hayes, and Ashton Kutcher also highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for strong violence, language, and sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ashton Kutcher
as College Kid
Gary Sinise
as Gabriel
Ben Affleck
as Rudy Duncan
Dennis Farina
as Jack Bangs
Danny Trejo
as Jumpy
Gordon Tootoosis
as Old Governor
Ron Jeremy
as Prisoner No. 1
Enuka Okuma
as Cocktail Waitress No. 1
Tom Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Paula Shaw
as Aunt Lisbeth
Jimmy Herman
as Bartender
Lonny Chapman
as Old Timer
Ken Camroux
as Father
John B. Destry
as Fat Guy
Alonso Oyarzun
as Casino Dealer
Mark Acheson
as Mean Guard
Dean Wray
as Guard No. 1
Hrothgar Mathews
as Exit Guard
Ron Sauve
as Guard No. 2
Jacob Rupp
as Park Ranger No. 1
Robin Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Marcus Hondro
as Cashier No. 2
Terry O'Sullivan
as Aunt Mary
Anna Hagan
as Mother
Wendy Noel
as Stacey
Lee Jay Bamberry
as Young Governor
Frank Jones
as Security Boss
Ron Hyatt
as Prisoner #1
Thomas Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
John Destrey
as Fat Guy
Sam Bob
as Video Guard
Don S. Williams
as Uncle Ray
Dana Stubblefield
as The Alamo
David Jacox
as Park Ranger No. 2
Hrothgar Matthews
as Exit Guard
Douglas H. Arthurs
as Distant Inmate No. 2
Eva De Viveiros
as Cocktail Waitress No. 2
Ana Paul Piedade
as Portuguese Woman
Joanna Piros
as TV Newscaster
Michael Sunczk
as Distant Inmate #1
Rod Wolfe
as Cashier No. 1
Michael Sunczyk
as Distant Inmate No. 1
Robyn Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (26)

Watchable but sometimes quite ludicrous.

December 31, 1999
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Reindeer Games is basically a test of your ability to accept a slushpile of implausible twisteroos and Tarantino-style conceits.

December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

About as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Gets lost in a blizzard of cliches and uneven performances.

December 31, 1999
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A mechanical exercise from the get-go.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The games it plays are more ambitious than successful.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)


The trap is set. The game is on. Good movie. This film was entertaining and had a real good story with a very great ending I must say. Really good cast to go along a very good movie is priceless. After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick's romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

it was entertaining. B

Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer


i really liked this film its amusing and is action packed and not a bad storyline so i really enjoyed it!

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