The Gambler Reviews

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October 17, 2017
Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the film is glossy and shiny, giving it a superficial sheen that doesn't make any sense.
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
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
Hate the players, not the game.
January 9, 2015
The dialogue never leaves the surface and the running across Los Angeles that happens in the last sequence is supposed to thrill you, but it's such a clich that your embarrassment extends to the crew member who has to follow with the camera.
January 7, 2015
Though Wahlberg is a fine actor, there's no way I can buy him as a college English professor holding forth on Shakespeare and Camus.
December 30, 2014
The hopeful ending comes off as too little, too late. Wahlberg gives the role his all, but sticking with him is a futile gesture. The Gambler never pays off. It's a sucker's bet.
December 27, 2014
As The Gambler becomes less about its protagonist's dashed intellectualism and more about the gathering danger of his predicament, the film gains power.
December 26, 2014
An agreeable if ridiculous slice of old-school Hollywood machismo ...
December 26, 2014
It's just like the Kenny Rogers song says: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." It's time for this "Gambler" to walk away.
December 25, 2014
The return is as miniscule as the stakes.
December 25, 2014
If someone is really that intent on self-destruction, why should we be his audience?
December 25, 2014
"The Gambler" should have been called "Three Supporting Characters in Search of a Lead."
December 25, 2014
A dull, self-consciously arty wallow in the messed-up life of a character we don't care about.
December 24, 2014
What's mostly missing from "The Gambler" is a sense of why Jim is so insistent on squandering his money, privilege and patrimony.
December 24, 2014
This certainly is one driven narrative. Wahlberg reportedly lost 60 lbs. for the role, and his gaunt look makes Jim seem all the more haunted as he repeatedly throws away vast sums on games of chance.
December 24, 2014
In a role that would have been ideal for Tom Cruise in psycho mode, Wahlberg is merely OK. Unfortunately, the film's effectiveness turns on whether we buy into his angst.
Top Critic
December 24, 2014
Another wet battery about a week in the life of a gambling addict.
December 24, 2014
By suppressing Wahlberg's more typical sparkling unpredictability, this new reading of the character recasts him into someone more frustrating than free.
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