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
  1. 88
    In D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money, you can see Al Pacino doing something he's done a lot lately: Having a terrific time being an actor.
  2. Too long by about 20 minutes, and takes itself too seriously near the end. But if you're looking for a movie for a boys' night out, it's a winner.
  3. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    Big, loud, glossy and entertaining.
  4. 70
    For all its swaggering bravado, Pacino's turn in Two For The Money is the reverse image of his "Devil's Advocate" character: Instead of the omniscient, all-powerful operator he presents himself as, he's a gambler grasping at a lifestyle that's always just beyond his means.
  5. While it's focused on the people -- on men who never had mentors struggling to mentor themselves and each other -- the movie works as a smart B film.
  6. It's a compelling drama, if only a little hollow. For my money, Pacino's bark is ultimately better than Two For the Money's bite.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    A sloppy and ridiculous movie that Pacino makes oddly entertaining.
  8. It says in the beginning of the film that Two for the Money is "inspired by a true story." Problem is, it's just not that inspired.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    McConaughey will never be an actor who lets you into his soul, but he's credible as a good ole boy.
  10. 63
    Marginally worth seeing if you're a Pacino fan but, even then, waiting for the DVD is the smart bet.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    Over the years, Pacino's Method has become his madness, and now, whether he's playing Shylock or Satan, he doesn't become the part so much as the part becomes him.
  12. 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.
  13. 60
    Silly but enjoyable drama.
  14. Sports betting is a great subject for a movie, but Two for the Money is short on the number-crunching nitty-gritty.
  15. It never quite adds up to anything. It's engaging enough while it's going on, but has little visceral impact or resonance.
  16. A muddled melodrama about the shady and questionable though not quite illegal world of "sports advisers."
  17. 50
    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.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. A confusion of tones, intentions and allusions, Two for the Money lurches from upbeat to downbeat without ever settling into a coherent groove.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Despite nice touches, pic meanders in the middle and ends flatly.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    A preposterous, steroidal mess.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Falls somewhere on that aesthetic scale between mediocre and flat-out bad.
  28. The fight between good and evil feels fixed in favor of Hollywood redemption.
  29. 25
    Two for the Money, which was written by Dan Gilroy (Freejack, Chasers), is so badly constructed and illogical that its inanities manage to drown the actor (Pacino) out.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. 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, 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.