Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
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  1. 30
    By the time the closing credits roll, you're wondering if anyone else noticed that nothing made much sense.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
  4. Affleck simply wasn't meant to play action heroes or tough guys. He's about as tough as tapioca pudding.
  5. 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.
  6. 38
    The first All Talking Killer picture. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
  7. This new heist movie by the great thriller director John Frankenheimer flails around like its own dysfunctional gang of casino robbers.
  8. A director of Frankenheimer's stature deserves less sensationalistic material, and so does his audience.
  9. 50
    In this beautifully devious, exceptionally well-made entertainment, Mr. John Frankenheimer does it all, and more, with the assurance of an old master.
  10. Displays no ambition to be anything more than a synthetic sense-jolt conveyor of the week.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Comes across as a deceptively streamlined comic-drama; an unnervingly violent, gritty film noir with a wink.
  12. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    About an hour after you've seen it, you'll already be fuzzy on just who was screwing who, and why
  13. 60
    A cleverly plotted, cleanly crafted matinee item -- pure entertainment on a romping continuum with Frankenheimer's "Ronin."
  14. 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.
  15. 75
    May not reinvent the wheel, but its expertly delivered thrills would hit the spot at any time of year.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. 25
    Without any believable characters or situations, Reindeer Games is about as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.
  19. Reviewed by: Ann-Rebecca Laschever
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  20. Some movie-goers will be more annoyed than surprised by the finale.
  21. While you may like comedies and you make like thrillers, this film does neither of the above with any pizazz.
  22. 60
    It bristles with the brute force he brought to 1986's underrated "52 Pick-Up."
  23. 20
    Ben Affleck provides a charismatic star turn, but John Frankenheimer's out-of-season heist thriller is dead on arrival.
  24. One of the smartest action thrillers to come along in the past few years. It's also one of the freshest.
  25. The best and worst of old school -- retro but stale. Frankenheimer, along with Ben Affleck, donates what cool there is.
  26. He's (Affleck) vaguely likable, but he's outshone by his co-stars and never particularly believable in his role.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The picture is an empty parlor trick, but it's carried out with a master's concentration.
  28. 40
    The movie is staged like a pit stop -- Reindeer Games goes from being fun to being laughable.
  29. 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.
  30. 38
    As late Christmas presents go, Reindeer Games is best left unwrapped.
  31. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  32. 40
    Punishing, visceral violence is the key element.
  33. 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."
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    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
    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
    Director's Cut- Huge improvement over the original. Adds alot more character development along with even more action.