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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A scare movie about gambling addiction, is as grim and lurid as any in the recent spate of films about the evils of crystal meth.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Overlong and overstuffed with cliches -- the movie doesn't seem to realize how close it comes to comedy.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    The film's subject is not race but gambling, yet the cynical message is the same: We're all pathetic.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The problem with ensemble films, and this one in particular, is that they often flit instead of float between story arcs. With deep lags in momentum, it is this lack of cohesion that nearly cancels out what can be great about ensemble films: the performances.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Standard-issue directorial approach is perfectly in keeping with a script whose natural berth is on the tube.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    An overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Mediocre gambling drama is a pretty weak bet.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this crime drama revolves around gambling -- those addicted to it, those who enable it, and those who profit from it. The characters lie or act desperately for the sake of a big score or making good on a bad debt. Unpaid bookies and their goons beat men up and even have them killed. There are several violent scenes, especially in the last half hour; characters are shot, poisoned, and more. Plenty of swearing (particularly "f--k") and drinking, and some sex (nothing too graphic, though a sexualized 13-year-old character gets a nipple ring). On the one plus side, the film makes gambling addiction look every bit as serious as drug or alcohol addiction.

  • Families can talk about the consequences of addiction. Do you consider gambling to be as serious an addiction as one to drugs or alcohol? Why or why not? In most movies, gambling is depicted as glamorous and fun; how is it portrayed here? Which do you think is more realistic?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters ruin their own lives -- and those of their loved ones -- for the sake of their gambling addictions or jobs.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Several characters are killed: One is shot multiple times in the chest, one is poisoned, another is shot in the head. Clyde is savagely beaten by bookies and their henchmen. Murph spars in the boxing ring.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A few kisses, plus one discreet love scene in which a wife says she's going to pay a visit to her husband's "little friend" before her head disappears below the screen. A very sexualized 13-year-old discusses sex and gets a nipple ring to please a boyfriend.

  • language false5

    Language: Double-digit uses of "f--k" (including one with "mother"). Aside from that, all the usual suspects: "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "a--hole."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Starbucks, Dell and Apple computers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Casino, bar, and restaurant scenes feature patrons drinking beer, wine, and/or cocktails.