Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
  1. 38
    The first All Talking Killer picture. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
  2. 38
    As late Christmas presents go, Reindeer Games is best left unwrapped.
  3. 30
    By the time the closing credits roll, you're wondering if anyone else noticed that nothing made much sense.
  4. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    30
    About an hour after you've seen it, you'll already be fuzzy on just who was screwing who, and why
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    With a far-fetched script that might barely have passed muster at the B units in the old studio days, this Dimension release will command a certain up-front attention due to cast topliners.
  6. A director of Frankenheimer's stature deserves less sensationalistic material, and so does his audience.
  7. 25
    Without any believable characters or situations, Reindeer Games is about as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.
  8. Affleck simply wasn't meant to play action heroes or tough guys. He's about as tough as tapioca pudding.
  9. 20
    Ben Affleck provides a charismatic star turn, but John Frankenheimer's out-of-season heist thriller is dead on arrival.
  10. Reviewed by: Ann-Rebecca Laschever
    20
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  11. Here's a film that so merrily thumbs its nose at propriety in exchange for visceral thrills, and at probability in exchange for the really cool plot twist, that it checks in as the guiltiest pleasure since "The 13th Warrior."
  12. I had a pretty good time with this until the end, when I felt so soiled by the filmmakers' cynicism and the characters' gratuitous viciousness that I wanted to take a bath.
  13. While you may like comedies and you make like thrillers, this film does neither of the above with any pizazz.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    1
    The little action that exists in Reindeer Games is let down by the nonsensical plot turns, the uninspired performances and unlikeable characters. The heist storyline has been done over one hundred times, every one better than this. Full Review »
  2. NinaM.
    Jun 16, 2006
    10
    Director's Cut- Huge improvement over the original. Adds alot more character development along with even more action.