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Two for the Money Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A muddled melodrama about the shady and questionable though not quite illegal world of "sports advisers."

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Sports betting is a great subject for a movie, but Two for the Money is short on the number-crunching nitty-gritty.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    McConaughey will never be an actor who lets you into his soul, but he's credible as a good ole boy.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Movie about gambling in sports is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is focused on not very grown up boys behaving badly. That is, they smoke and drink frequently; they also pursue and have sex with beautiful women (including prostitutes), and compete ferociously with one another. The movie includes strong language (over 50 uses of the f-word, in addition to sexual slang), and occasional nudity (including frequent shots of the young protagonist's muscled torso). The film's focus is gambling, treated here as an addiction (the soundtrack includes the theme for "Superfly," with lyrics about pushers), but also made thrilling in the visual images of sports events and viewers of those events excited by winning bets. An unhappy client beats Brandon and then urinates on him, in a public park.

  • Families can talk about how the film presents gambling. When does it stop being an enjoyable leisure activity and become an addiction? How does the sports-betting industry -- shady as it appears here -- encourage pathological behavior? How does the father-son relationship between Walter and Brandon hinge on their competitiveness? How does Walter's distrust (of his wife, his employees, and his friends) affect his personal and political relationships?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Gamblers, addicts, cheaters: the boys here learn lessons, but at some costs.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A disturbing broken leg in a football game early on, a few fights, and a beatdown by a brutal rich man, accompanied by his hired thug.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Women in revealing clothing, men showing their chests, a soft-focus sex scene.

  • language false5

    Language: Much rough language, used by angry men and sports fans. 50+ uses of the f-word.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Discussions of car brands, liquor brands, and designer clothing.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent drinking and smoking.

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