Reindeer Games

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
Watch On
  1. 60
    It bristles with the brute force he brought to 1986's underrated "52 Pick-Up."
  2. 60
    A cleverly plotted, cleanly crafted matinee item -- pure entertainment on a romping continuum with Frankenheimer's "Ronin."
  3. 60
    The plot's preposterous and Affleck is way too callow for a role that would have fit Robert Mitchum like a second-hand suit.
  4. Displays no ambition to be anything more than a synthetic sense-jolt conveyor of the week.
  5. 50
    In this beautifully devious, exceptionally well-made entertainment, Mr. John Frankenheimer does it all, and more, with the assurance of an old master.
  6. The best and worst of old school -- retro but stale. Frankenheimer, along with Ben Affleck, donates what cool there is.
  7. The out-of-control plot doesn't unfold gracefully or organically; it simply speeds along with no regard for anything other then getting to the next plot twist.
  8. The material here, written by Ehren Kruger, is beneath banal, and the three leads are so miscast that it's like watching a dress charade.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    Comes across as a deceptively streamlined comic-drama; an unnervingly violent, gritty film noir with a wink.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    44
    The picture, a would-be thriller, is a mechanical exercise from the get-go, one that positively defies suspension of disbelief with each succeeding twist of a plot no one would ever hatch in real life.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    The picture is an empty parlor trick, but it's carried out with a master's concentration.
  13. Its twisty film noir world of down-on-their-luck men and unfathomable women is vintage B-picture material, but, in the grand B tradition, the games it plays are more ambitious than successful.
  14. 40
    The movie is staged like a pit stop -- Reindeer Games goes from being fun to being laughable.
  15. 40
    Punishing, visceral violence is the key element.
User Score
1.0

Overwhelming dislike- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  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 unlikeableThe 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. Jan 28, 2015
    8
    Ótimo suspense de ação,creio que ao contrário do que Charlize Theron disse esse não é o pior filme dela e de fato não é um filme ruim doÓtimo suspense de ação,creio que ao contrário do que Charlize Theron disse esse não é o pior filme dela e de fato não é um filme ruim do diretor John Frankenheimer infelizmente seu último filme.
    História intrigante,com um desenvolvimento inteligente. Com sólidas atuações de Ben Affleck,Charlize Theron,Gary Sinise,Donal Logue,James Frain.
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  3. NinaM.
    Jun 16, 2006
    10
    Director's Cut- Huge improvement over the original. Adds alot more character development along with even more action.