Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
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  1. As the gambler who needs his basketball phenom brother to shave points, Whitaker has some expressive scenes, and Roth knows how to make malice gleam. But almost nothing else in this movie does.
  2. An overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    40
    The film's subject is not race but gambling, yet the cynical message is the same: We're all pathetic.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Standard-issue directorial approach is perfectly in keeping with a script whose natural berth is on the tube.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    40
    The problem with ensemble films, and this one in particular, is that they often flit instead of float between story arcs. With deep lags in momentum, it is this lack of cohesion that nearly cancels out what can be great about ensemble films: the performances.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. DavidG
    Jan 23, 2008
    10
    Don't believe the bad reviews. Great movie, Great cast. Gamblers will love it.
  2. JamesM'
    Jan 22, 2008
    10
    Cant believe the low ratings for this film. This was a great movie, right down to the twist at the end. Highly recommended
  3. LawrenceM'
    Nov 23, 2007
    7
    Can't understand the critics. This was not a bad movie and the acting was believable.