The Gambler Reviews

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February 9, 2015
In what amounts only to an intermittently intriguing movie experience, a tug of war is going on between the compelling and the confounding.
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 5, 2015
What's left is a frustratingly superficial film that alienates its characters as much as it does the audience.
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 25, 2015
Despite stylish direction by Rupert Wyatt, who pulls off a few arresting set pieces, The Gambler never manages to make sense of William Monahan's often laughably overripe screenplay.
January 24, 2015
The Gambler feels academic and slightly out of time.
January 23, 2015
This is a misconceived and strangely cast affair that can't work out its own attitude toward its main character.
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 23, 2015
The Gambler ... has become an advert for gambling. You couldn't make it up.
January 22, 2015
Swaggering and dialogue-heavy, The Gambler certainly talks the talk, but ultimately it lacks the courage of its convictions.
January 22, 2015
When the randomly appearing lip balm on the main protagonist's lips becomes a source of distraction, you know you're not hooked.
January 22, 2015
Mark Wahlberg's designer-suited performance is shallow and self-admiring ... and William Monahan (who wrote The Departed) devises a new narrative direction which is contrived and preposterous.
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
Hate the players, not the game.
January 22, 2015
Chockablock with interesting performances (Jessica Lange is the professor's wealthy mother, John Goodman is a Jabba-like loan shark) and silly self-indulgences (slow-motion pole-dancers gyrate to Dinah Washington's recording of 'This Bitter Earth').
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 22, 2015
It's hard to know what to make of Mark Wahlberg's character in The Gambler - but at least that puts you on an equal footing with Wahlberg himself.
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