Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. Filled with bleak, beautiful Hopperesque tableaus and strange characters whose lives intersect.
  2. It's a movie full of quietly assured flourishes: elegant camera compositions, wonderful uses of silence and an entertainingly eclectic cast, including Peggy Lipton as a sensitive bartender.
  3. Its doomed portrait of guileless dreamers may be found lacking in plot activity and empathetic characters. But for anyone interested in a movie that wipes clean the grungy patina of self-delusionment, Jackpot hits solid pay dirt.
  4. Gries and Morris act up a storm as the optimistically named Sunny Holiday and his long-suffering manager.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    The acting is primo and the cinematography, on high-definition video by the gifted M. David Mullen, is striking.
  6. 70
    Potential irony is everywhere in this movie's subtly surreal situations and candy-colored imagery.
  7. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    The more we realize that we're stuck in the company of a totally relentless loser, the drearier the entire experience becomes.
  8. It's as self consciously arty and fragmented as ''Twin Falls'' was controlled and organically built.
  9. 50
    In its mastery of its moments, Jackpot has charm, humor and poignancy. What it lacks is necessity. There's a sense in which we're always waiting for it to kick in.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Plig
    Essentially a one-gag film.
  11. 50
    Jackpot ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat.
  12. The filmmakers throw in an extended flatulence routine and enough graphic references to female anatomy to make "The Vagina Monologues" blush.
  13. 50
    Barely enough chuckles to keep from running out of gas. Yet it's the sharpest-looking movie shot so far on digital video, outdistancing even "The Anniversary Party."
  14. This dogged journey of self-delusion is interrupted periodically by snippets of footage...that promise a dark revelation that would give an edge to the otherwise tedious goings-on but, sadly, never materializes.
  15. Jackpot has much that is sweet and funny, but it is not overly original--and it is overly long and not as coherent as it might be.
  16. Where "Twin Falls" was slow, brooding and haunting in a manner that fit the subject matter -- the imminent death of one of the principal characters -- Jackpot is just slow and uneventful, like a cross-country Greyhound bus trip that never stops.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    A candidate for quiet cult status.
  18. 40
    The movie is smart in small ways, yet an underachiever in big ones -- but it will probably play very well on television. On the big screen, it's distended and diffuse.
  19. Shows that there's a limit to how much mileage one can get from offbeat, creepy and symbiotic.
  20. 30
    Michael and Mark Polish's debut feature, "Twin Falls, Idaho," was a cloying oddball love story involving adult male Siamese twins; their follow-up, Jackpot, is another piece of whimsical Americana.
  21. 30
    The mood is hermetic to the point of claustrophobia, embellished with a sense of everyday surrealism indebted to David Lynch.
  22. 30
    Nobody hits the jackpot here, certainly not filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, whose audacious, empathic first film, "Twin Falls Idaho," showed such promise.

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