Saint John of Las Vegas

Critics Consensus

Writer-director Hue Rhodes' debut is a poorly-paced, forgettable comedy that wastes the quirky talents of stars Steve Buscemi and Sarah Silverman.



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After a run of bad luck, John, a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets. When his boss asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil on an investigation of a dubious car "accident" near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion. Soon John is on the road with Virgil. Through the journey, John's confidence builds, and he realizes that he can't escape his gambling addiction by running away from. It's only when he returns to Vegas that his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.

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Peter Dinklage
as Mr. Townsend
Emmanuelle Chriqui
as Tasty D Lite
John Cho
as Smitty
Tim Blake Nelson
as Militant Ned
Jesse Garcia (III)
as Park Ranger
Isabel Archuleta
as Vegas Counter Girl
as Albuquerque Counter Girl
Ben Zeller
as Truck Stop Owner
Shawn Prince
as Ticket Taker
Danny Trejo
as Bismarck
Josh Berry
as Manager
Ernest Labreck
as Ed McMahon Type
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Critic Reviews for Saint John of Las Vegas

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

  • Comic casting and comic timing pay off in most scenes, with Dinklage landing the big laughs, Malco doing his wise-guy-talking-down-to-the-doofus patter and Buscemi just bugging out and reacting to the craziness.

    Mar 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's a kind of cinematic purgatory, halfway between eternal reward and eternal damnation. The question is: What did I do to deserve such mediocrity?

    Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Saint John of Las Vegas was a bad script that somehow got made into a bad movie with good people in it.

    Feb 12, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its clever quirkiness, the end product seems flat and over-thought, which isn't to say it's a bad first step for this ambitious novice director, just a long way from something that will set the world on fire.

    Feb 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This debut feature by Hue Rhodes offers a wealth of skilled players and admirably offbeat gags yet seldom manages to generate any laughs.

    Feb 11, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's minor, but I enjoyed it, largely because of the people on-screen, but also for the sneaky sincerity of writer-director Hue Rhodes' chronicle of one compulsive gambler's slouch toward redemption.

    Feb 11, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Saint John of Las Vegas

  • Mar 30, 2012
    "Saint John of Las Vegas" has a lot of big names attached to it: Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho, Spike Lee, Stanley Tucci, Danny Trejo and Emmanuelle Chriqui. What did they see in this film? There is absolutely nothing about it that deserves attention. It is unfunny, incoherent, and poorly written, directed, and edited. The word 'forgettable' has never suited a film better than "Saint John of Las Vegas." It amazes me how this didn't go straight-to-DVD.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    After a long string of bad luck gambling in his hometown of Las Vegas, John(Steve Buscemi) decides to try to live a normal life. He's moved to Albuquerque and works for an auto insurance company. One day he gets offered a chance to move up by helping with the investigation of an accident and trying to prove it's fraudulent. The accident took place outside of Vegas, and his old gambling addiction comes back and he's once again at the mercy of temptation. Buscemi does a fantastic job with such a subpar movie. He's usually great, and here he is his usual awesome self. The whole cast is terrific. Peter Dinklage, Sarah Silverman, and Romney Malco all do great with the little their given. The story is interesting, but it feels like it's missing quite a bit. The movie runs at 85 minutes, which is good as it short and paced good. But, it feels like this movie needed more, and given more it could have been a great movie. Instead, it's like lost potential. Watch for the great cast, but don't expect a great movie to match. If you want a low budget independent movie dealing with Vegas, check out "The Cooler" instead.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2012
    Despite what should be an ideal cast for a black comedy, Saint John of Las Vegas turns out to be a movie without much of a story. The humor is extremely sparse, most of the movie is seemingly random set pieces with poor dialogue and lackluster direction. Itâ(TM)s dull, forgettable, and a waste of all the talent involved.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    "Getting Lucky is a Roll of the Dice" I was intrigues by this movie because it had Steve Buscemi in the leading role and Romany Malco, who I really liked in Weeds. The movie could never really pull itself together though. I really have no idea what this movie was trying to accomplish or what it was trying to be. Saint John of Las Vegas had some pretty bizarre scenes that were okay like the discussion with a carnival performer who kept bursting into flames. After a couple of scenes though, everything else are just throw away scenes that don't work. Buscemi and Malco weren't bad, they just had nothing to work with. Silverman was her usual annoying self. I dont see how anyone can like her. She isn't funny at all.  It seems to me like the writer and director was trying to be too original. The premise could have been cool had it actually turned into a real movie, but it never does.  I was really hoping to like this. I always like to enjoy an Independent film that nobody else likes or has seen. This one just can't be enjoyed though; too bad.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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