The Gambler Reviews

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March 20, 2019
The dreamlike imagery, editing, and soundtrack invoke the haze of addiction, but the writing never follows through with the message, leaving us unstirred, with little to take home and think about.
June 7, 2016
'The Gambler' is just shy of a great movie - it doesn't quite add up like it should - but it is a reminder that there's a very fine actor lurking in Mark Wahlberg.
February 25, 2016
Watchable scene-to-scene as an old-fashioned character study.
June 27, 2015
Mark Wahlberg is intense and compelling... but his character's self-destructive behaviour strains the viewer's sympathy almost as much as it strains that of the people around him.
February 12, 2015
This is a slick, fast-paced film that maintains its sometimes unbearable tension until the last roll of the dice.
February 5, 2015
Director Rupert Wyatt pulls no punches in vividly portraying the moral gutter gambling addicts can find themselves in, and Mark Wahlberg's boyish face reflects the desperation that keeps him from wising up.
February 3, 2015
The Gambler is about the lure to triumph over potential disaster and finding a way to "treat those two imposters the same."
February 2, 2015
In its portrayal of the seedy gambling world, Rupert Wyatt's dark crime drama excels; less so in its ability to deliver a satisfying journey for its self-loathing protagonist, albeit effectively portrayed by Mark Wahlberg
January 24, 2015
The Gambler feels academic and slightly out of time.
January 23, 2015
Mark Wahlberg is always a physically articulate actor; here he wrings despair and disillusionment from every beaten-down gesture, every curt exchange.
January 22, 2015
It doesn't quite work as a package, but Wahlberg is a real pleasure to watch as he crafts a portrait of a tormented anti-hero with an apparent death wish.
January 22, 2015
With a strangely simplistic screenplay by William Monahan (The Departed), director Rupert Wyatt and his cast struggle to dig beneath the surface in a meaningful way.
January 22, 2015
A rare grown up thriller, full of interesting bits and a strong turn from Wahlberg. But as a whole Wyatt's film doesn't grip as it might.
January 22, 2015
With dialogue as acidic as this delivered by actors like these, The Gambler somehow transcends its pomposity to be really quite fun.
January 19, 2015
Wahlberg finds his most interesting role since The Departed in a film that's heavy on atmosphere and suspense but shy of a full deck when it comes to characterisation.
January 19, 2015
The movie has the sheen but lacks the sweat of James Toback's original riff on Dostoevsky's autobiographical story.
January 19, 2015
The Gambler is a remake that effectively updates a subtle yet nihilistic story; Wyatt and Monahan stick to their mean-spirited guns and offer up a sour view of addiction and the havoc it wreaks.
January 14, 2015
An impeccably constructed genre picture. It doesn't have a whole lot to say, but it's entertaining
January 10, 2015
Mark Wahlberg is a sure bet in "The Gambler," an update of a James Caan movie.
January 10, 2015
It's better than it has to be, and director Rupert Wyatt ...handles the story with economy and intelligence.
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