Two for the Money

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Silly but enjoyable drama.
  2. 60
    Has its rollicking moments and snappy lines but even Pacino can't elevate them into more than a fleetingly juicy treat. This is a movie that desperately wishes it had been written by David Mamet.
  3. Sports betting is a great subject for a movie, but Two for the Money is short on the number-crunching nitty-gritty.
  4. It never quite adds up to anything. It's engaging enough while it's going on, but has little visceral impact or resonance.
  5. 50
    Dramatic failings are only exacerbated by D.J. Caruso's direction: He composes every frame as if for television -- despite the fact that the film is shot in widescreen -- and his visual style is about as cinematic as sports talk radio.
  6. A muddled melodrama about the shady and questionable though not quite illegal world of "sports advisers."
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Despite nice touches, pic meanders in the middle and ends flatly.
  8. A confusion of tones, intentions and allusions, Two for the Money lurches from upbeat to downbeat without ever settling into a coherent groove.
  9. Pure, unself-conscious macho camp, but it's not like Pacino and McConaughey don't know it. They're pitching tents and romping around in the grass like Jerry Maguire on steroids.
  10. 50
    It's as if a version of Oliver Stone's movie has been frozen in some fraternity house beer cooler since 1987 and thawed for the age of plasma screen TVs.
  11. Pacino is a one-man three-ring circus, blustering, capering, cursing, raging and weaseling his way through this predictable morality play like a trickster Satan on speed.
  12. If you expect anything more substantive from a movie - characters of more than one dimension, storylines that at the least play new riffs on old themes, plot developments that flow from the narrative - you'd best look elsewhere.
  13. 40
    In keeping with his apparent ambition to play each character more berserk than the last, Pacino can't discuss wine choice without sounding on the brink of aneurysm.
  14. The direction by Caruso adds little to the dynamics, although the script by Dan Gilroy offers the occasional gem. Nevertheless, Two for the Money is hardly a cineplex bargain.
  15. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    A preposterous, steroidal mess.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 12 out of 18
  1. MikeD.
    Mar 17, 2006
    3
    Ridiculous script. Pacino is always interesting to watch but he is over the top most of the time in this movie.
  2. RichR.
    Feb 3, 2006
    1
    This is a foul movie. Why doesn't this has-been branch out a little bit instead of playing the same old dispeptic psycho in every movie, This is a foul movie. Why doesn't this has-been branch out a little bit instead of playing the same old dispeptic psycho in every movie, again and again, time after time... And Matthew Mc-whatever-it-is? Don't get me started! What a log! This guy's the Patrick Swayze of his generation: dull, non-threatening, over-exercised and dumb. I guess I should say "What a dog!" No wonder women like guys like these; they make them feel superior. Full Review »
  3. BJS.
    Jan 22, 2006
    6
    Definetely not as bad as these negative reviews. I personally I found it entertaining but I was not expecting a great movie.