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  • Summary: The hand is quicker than the eye in LA's underground gambling scene, hustlers get hustled and fortunes ride on every deal. Three small-time grifters devise a plan to beat the ultimate card mechanic - The Dean. But a seat at The Dean's table doesn't come cheap. (RKO Pictures)
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. A clever and adroit B picture with A virtues, starting with its ensemble cast.
  2. A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles. Nieman's script shuffles nimbly among an array of colorful characters and offers unexpected twists that keep you off-balance.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    In the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.
  4. The flashes of warm, human talent that pulse periodically from the ensemble -- Byrne and Foxx, particularly -- only make their presence in this terrifically bad movie all the more baffling.
  5. 25
    A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing.
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Andy
    Apr 1, 2008
    i loved the film. i live in australia and only by chance did i recieve the dvd. i never heard a thing about it or came across much online, which came as a huge shock because it was SO good! plus all the big name actors only made it even better :) the scprit was fantastic and juicy the whole time! everything about Shade was great! :) Expand
  2. KyleP.
    Nov 15, 2006
    Move over Ed Wood, this is perhaps the worst movie ever made. Damien Neiman made a movie about poker. Unfortunately for those of us who endured through this film Damien has never played a game of poker in his life. A wonderful ensemble cast waisted on ridiculous dialogue and a story line that made absolutely no sense. A featured aspect of the film is the game of poker, but in the film the rules of the game do not apply. I would think when someone put the time, money, and energy in to making a film they would research key elements. Expand

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