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. 75
    May not reinvent the wheel, but its expertly delivered thrills would hit the spot at any time of year.
  2. Some movie-goers will be more annoyed than surprised by the finale.
  3. One of the smartest action thrillers to come along in the past few years. It's also one of the freshest.
  4. This new heist movie by the great thriller director John Frankenheimer flails around like its own dysfunctional gang of casino robbers.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  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. 38
    The first All Talking Killer picture. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
  9. A director of Frankenheimer's stature deserves less sensationalistic material, and so does his audience.
  10. 25
    Without any believable characters or situations, Reindeer Games is about as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.
  11. Affleck simply wasn't meant to play action heroes or tough guys. He's about as tough as tapioca pudding.
  12. 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.
  13. He's (Affleck) vaguely likable, but he's outshone by his co-stars and never particularly believable in his role.
  14. Displays no ambition to be anything more than a synthetic sense-jolt conveyor of the week.
  15. 60
    A cleverly plotted, cleanly crafted matinee item -- pure entertainment on a romping continuum with Frankenheimer's "Ronin."
  16. 50
    In this beautifully devious, exceptionally well-made entertainment, Mr. John Frankenheimer does it all, and more, with the assurance of an old master.
  17. 40
    Punishing, visceral violence is the key element.
  18. 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.
  19. 40
    The movie is staged like a pit stop -- Reindeer Games goes from being fun to being laughable.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 20
    Ben Affleck provides a charismatic star turn, but John Frankenheimer's out-of-season heist thriller is dead on arrival.
  23. 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."
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. The best and worst of old school -- retro but stale. Frankenheimer, along with Ben Affleck, donates what cool there is.
  27. 38
    As late Christmas presents go, Reindeer Games is best left unwrapped.
  28. 30
    By the time the closing credits roll, you're wondering if anyone else noticed that nothing made much sense.
  29. While you may like comedies and you make like thrillers, this film does neither of the above with any pizazz.
  30. 60
    It bristles with the brute force he brought to 1986's underrated "52 Pick-Up."
  31. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    Comes across as a deceptively streamlined comic-drama; an unnervingly violent, gritty film noir with a wink.
  32. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    The picture is an empty parlor trick, but it's carried out with a master's concentration.
  33. 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.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 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.