Two for the Money

2005

Two for the Money

Critics Consensus

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

22%

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Reviews Counted: 109

47%
liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 85,508

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47%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed when he suffered a career-ending injury. Brandon turns out to have remarkable skill at picking winning football bets. Eventually, he comes to the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), a very successful business tycoon who runs a giant gambling operation. Walter brings Brandon to New York and introduces him to a glitzy, fast-paced, money-drenched lifestyle that Brandon eagerly soaks up. When Brandon's magic touch begins to falter, Walter starts to turn on his protégé. Soon the two men are attempting to outwit each other, with Walter's wife (Rene Russo) caught in the middle.

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Walter Abrams
Matthew McConaughey
as Brandon Lang
Rene Russo
as Toni Morrow
Jaime King
as Alexandria
Jarrod Bunch
as Football Player
Denise Galik
as Brandon's Mom
Gary Hudson
as Brandon's Dad
Jim Rome
as Himself
Veena Sood
as G. A. Hostess
Adrian Holmes
as G. A. Member 2
Trevor Roberts
as G. A. Member 3
Michael P. Northye
as G. A. Member 4
Brad Kelly
as Novian's Bodyguard
Jason Schombing
as Mercedes Dealer
Kendall Cross
as Make-Up Artist
David Lovgren
as TV Technician
Malcom Scott
as Man in Window
J.B. McEown
as Teammate
Robin Mossley
as Waiter at Restaurant
Raimund Stamm
as Man at Restaurant
Jonathan Bruce
as Man at Restaurant
Barry LeBrock
as TV Announcer
Joel Myers
as TV Announcer
Ronald Pitts
as TV Announcer
Trevor Babers
as Football Player
Gene Bolton
as Football Player
Dustin Dennard
as Football Player
Stefan Gamlin
as Football Player
Derek Graf
as Football Player
Cedric Jefferson
as Football Player
Mike Jones
as Football Player
Ty Law
as Football Player
Marques Massengale
as Football Player
Kevin Reid
as Football Player
Justin Riemer
as Football Player
Christopher Robbins
as Football Player
Maxio Royster
as Football Player
Jeff Sanders
as Football Player
Zach Wilson
as Football Player
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Critic Reviews for Two for the Money

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (31)

  • 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.

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

    Oct 11, 2005
  • The movie has a lot of built-in flash and is thus mildly entertaining, though the running time grinds it down.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Pacino is having a blast, and so might the viewer, at least until our scenery muncher finally gobbles all the foliage mid-way through the picture.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If Two for the Money maintained the same backbone as its alluring stars, it could have done much more than just break even.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • Big, loud, glossy and entertaining.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two for the Money

To be honest, it's not *that* bad considering it's a movie about sports betting. I didn't expect to sit through all of it as it was, but I got increasingly more and more bored as it went along. There wasn't enough story outside of the betting, though the two lead characters were strong and had potential to be interesting. More Alexandria would have maybe improved the story. I think some of it is down to me. I really aren't into sports and sports movies. At all.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

The thing about a business that makes and sells picks to sports bettors is that, technically, it's not gambling... except for the fact that it is. What was good about this film was the recovered gambling addict (Pacino) and his wife, the poorly acted but more-or-less believable ex-drug addict (Russo). They walked and talked like rehabbers, no question. But what was really frustrating was the pervasive fear that Pacino would go back to gambling... his business is based on making the right picks. He's been gambling all along! The film is anything but subtle, and though it's promising through the first half, it loses control in the second, throwing in a bunch of scenes that unnecessarily delay the resolution, and distract from the movie's point, that you can't win them all. Still, there is a decently-plotted classical tragedy element to McConaughey's character (pride goeth before the fall), and Pacino is always fun to watch. Too bad this film's only half-baked, it had potential.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

This movie sucks like a vacuum!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Walter Abrams: "Stats are not enough, you need a voice! These are gamblers ready to risk what they can't afford for what they can't have, you're selling the world's rarest commodity: certainty, in an uncertain world." D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed when he suffered a career-ending injury. Brandon turns out to have remarkable skill at picking winning football bets. Eventually, he comes to the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), a very successful business tycoon who runs a giant gambling operation. Walter brings Brandon to New York and introduces him to a glitzy, fast-paced, money-drenched lifestyle that Brandon eagerly soaks up. When Brandon's magic touch begins to falter, Walter starts to turn on his protégé. Soon the two men are attempting to outwit each other, with Walter's wife (Rene Russo) caught in the middle. Review Well, I saw this movie yesterday, and although I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't terribly thrilled, either. I imagine it would be different for someone who was really into sports, sports gambling, or maybe was a compulsive gambler himself. For me, the relationships were interesting, and Al Pacino certainly chewed the scenery in his role as a kingpin sports prognosticator. I would say that he was over-the top except that I know actual people from New York who are really like that. Matthew McConaughey was as good as I have seen him and ripped as ever. I would recommend the picture for beefcake fans, but there really wasn't enough to make a meal of. Not my type of picture, more suitable for sports fans.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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