Two for the Money

2005, Drama, 2h 2m

110 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money's aimless plot isn't worth betting on. Read critic reviews

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A former college athlete (Matthew McConaughey) joins forces with a sports consultant (Al Pacino) to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers.

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Critic Reviews for Two for the Money

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (86)

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    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It still seems like there should be more tension in Two for the Money than simply watching grown men bite their lips as they watch pro games on TV monitors.

    October 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Original screenwriting gives way to clichés, and the resolution, while offering closure, seems false -- too much a case of the filmmakers wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.

    October 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It really works as a study of gambling.

    October 11, 2005
  • Critics are likely to interpret Pacino's work as intentional self-parody, because he's smart enough to know that he's played this kind of unhinged father figure too many times

    October 7, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It still seems like there should be more tension in Two for the Money than simply watching grown men bite their lips as they watch pro games on TV monitors.

    October 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Original screenwriting gives way to clichés, and the resolution, while offering closure, seems false -- too much a case of the filmmakers wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.

    October 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Two for the Money runs hot and cold. While I did appreciate some elements of the film, it couldn't overcome a dreadful final act that sinks an otherwise amiable film.

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Even at his worst Al Pacino can charm the birds from the trees, but in "Two For The Money" pigeons are the only species visiting.

    April 19, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two for the Money

  • Feb 25, 2012
    In this typical rise and demise story Matthew McConaughey is fresh-faced young men and a washed-up football player turned sports tipster - Brandon Lang. He has very high rate of accuracy catching the attention of sports gambling kingpin Walter Abrams (Al Pacino) and he quickly makes him his golden boy. Walter lives a high-flying lifestyle but all that is just an appearance - his marriage isn't as secure as it first appears - his wife (the role played terribly by Rene Russo) and Walter are recovering gambling addicts and it seems that one of them is back to the old habits! Things get complicated when Brandon's lucky streak dries up just when Walter needs it most. I was disappointed after more than 2 hours of watching this film and the main problem was that there isn't nearly enough plot here to sustain its lengthy running time. The director tried hard to introduce some sub-plots but they just vanished or somehow never fully developed. The initial set-up will keep your attention but towards the middle this film rapidly loses its way and the climax is a real downer - badly written and incredibly unsatisfying! Of course, for all the female fans, there is more than few shots of McConaughey's naked torso, while the guys can enjoy the shouting mode of Al Pacino. Badly written and poorly directed!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2011
    An entertaining movie with an interesting and a bit of a maniac with the sole thought of winning in gambling.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    The story is about Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey), a pro footballer whose career is cut short by an injury. He's hired by Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), the owner of a big betting agency, who helps turning him into a personality and earning loads of money. At first, the partnership between Lang and Abrams is flawless. Lang takes on a new name, John Anthony, and a new sense of confidence. He is consistent with his picks and the two rake in millions in cash. But then things start to go wrong and both men are pushed to the limit. Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors and has done this role before ("Donnie Brasco", and "The Devil's Advocate.")The movie did demonstrate the excitement and the dangers of gambling and is a powerful story portrayed by a trio of great actors (Pacino, McConaughey and Rene Russo).The end is very unpredictable and I must say touching. Exciting and thought-provoking, this is a terrific movie all around.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2010
    This movie sucks like a vacuum!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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