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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Look for realism, and you'll find The Cooler disappointing. Look for a far-fetched yarn that's as unpredictable as a throw of the dice, though, and you'll find it engaging fun.
  2. 88
    The acting is on the money, the writing has substance, the direction knows when to evoke film noir and when (in a trick shot involving loaded dice) to get fancy.
  3. 83
    The highlights of The Cooler -- the portrait of Bernie-as-schlub, the ecstatic union of two losers, the depiction of shadowy old Vegas confronted with its sanitized corporate future -- are superb. You can easily live with the rest to get to them.
  4. A lot of fun early in the evening, when the Rat Pack ambiance is novel, but gets bleary by 4 a.m. in the story.
  5. 70
    Hokey and convoluted, but as a sticky-hearted fable of redemption, it's surprisingly seductive.
  6. 63
    And although The Cooler doesn't do anything fresh with its Vegas milieu, the movie is refreshingly frank and astute when it comes to depicting sex.
  7. Lost me early on with its show-offy shooting and editing, portentous metaphysical conceits about winners and losers, and exaggerated displays of evil, violence, and deceit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25

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