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  • Summary: This portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff—from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah—confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops, and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money corrupts our political process. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney once again wields the tools of his trade with the skill of a master. Following the ongoing indictments of federal officials and exposing favor trading in our nation's capital, Gibney illuminates the way our politicians' desperate need to get elected—and the millions of dollars it costs—may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy. Infuriating, yet undeniably fun to watch, Casino Jack is a saga of greed and corruption with a cynical villain audiences will love to hate. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Casino Jack is really a look at how the culture of Washington was rebuilt to sell itself to the highest bidder.
  2. Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    90
    Indispensable viewing.
  3. Ultimately, the blight is so overwhelming that the film collapses from corruption overload.
  4. 70
    As Gibney follows Abramoff through the decades, he traces a solid line from Reagan’s mantra of deregulation to the financial collapse of 2008, showing how three decades of procapitalist lobbying have pushed most Americans out into the cold.
  5. A fascinating, strangely funny and remarkable film about events so incredible you'll likely have a hard time believing what you see onscreen.
  6. 63
    The amount of information the viewer is asked to process is voluminous and never stops coming.
  7. The big absence here is the man himself; Gibney couldn’t get the jailed Abramoff on camera, either due to unwillingness or a Justice Department intervention. Whatever the reason, it’s crippling.

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  1. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This movie is a tall tale so unbelievable it takes seeing the players tell you their role in living color to make it undeniably true. And that's what Gibney et. al. deliver with this film. The story is awesome, in the true sense of the word. Though it's so jaw-dropping it leaves the viewer feeling worn out, and is hardly uplifting, it's time well spent. If you care about the world, this will help you understand and realize the importance of political roadblocks to a better future, and might leave you more clear on what you can do, so you don't spin your wheels doing something that this movie teaches/suggests will likely be ineffective, but rather, perhaps give you the focus and courage to act in an effective way. If you don't care about making the world a better place, don't bother watching this. Find some escapist entertainment. Expand