Shade

2003

Shade

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67%

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Total Count: 15

59%

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The first film from real-life card shark Damian Nieman, who wrote and directed the picture, stars Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, and Stuart Townsend as a trio of con-artists looking to make a big score. With the help of The Dean (Sylvester Stallone), the three pull off a grift that makes them all very rich. Unfortunately, the original owners of the dough aren't exactly pleased and are out to get the money and revenge. Shade premiered at the 2003 CineVegas film festival and also stars Jamie Foxx and Melanie Griffith.

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Critic Reviews for Shade

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

  • Card sharks and grifters look like the stuff of an engrossing movie in Shade, but, in the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.

    Jun 10, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing.

    Apr 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/4
  • Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish.

    Apr 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Through some mystery of connection and financing that involves producer Merv Griffin, many worthy players are degraded by Nieman's amateur stylings.

    Apr 8, 2004 | Full Review…
  • A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles.

    Apr 8, 2004
  • Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental.

    Jun 26, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shade

  • May 10, 2015
    Another forgotten Stallone film, This time it's about card griffting and even though it can be hard to keep up with who's on who's side even in the end we're still not sure, The card games were pretty good and there's about 3 twists that kept the film fresh, We expect twists in films like this so they weren't a big suprise but it's pretty good but nothing new.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2010
    gabriel burn, stuart townsend and thandie newton play cons, who bring jamie foxx in on a deal, but whenhe blows money, that belongs to a mobboss, there plan gets a little more complicated, and a showdown with a card legend, played by stallone could bring them big money, id never heard of this, and although nothing new or original, it goes okay, all concerned put in good work, and nice to see stallone acting properly. twists and turns are throughout, sometimes predictable, but its all handled nicely
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2010
    I'm a fan of Thandie Newton and Stuart Townsend, but this film did nothing for me.
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    When gambling your life, leave nothing to chance.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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