'Casino Jack' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   93 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Tonally scattershot and more than a little heavy-footed. But then, so were the real cons from which Abramoff profited while the flimflam worked.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Mr. Hickenlooper's oddly apolitical caper film loses itself in the puzzle of its protagonist's personality.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Spacey's portrayal of Abramoff gets at the man's contradictions - his ostensibly devout Jewish faith next to an almost sociopathic blindness to his misdeeds - but it never even partly explains them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Casino Jack" is glib, fast-paced entertainment that barely leaves a mark - which, given the subject, is just plain wrong.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    An improbably blithe cautionary tale, recounting the rise and fall of D.C. superlobbyist Jack Abramoff.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Anyone who's seen Gibney's superior version will immediately be struck by how false this fictionalized account feels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Spacey has fun doing Abramoff doing Al Pacino, President Ronald Reagan and Sylvester Stallone. But the typically strong Spacey isn't the only actor doing commanding work here.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    If being trapped in the dark with a pair of hopped-up con-artists... for an hour or so is your idea of fun times, then [this] might be the perfect unreality show for you.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Hickenlooper works in brief, vibrant scenes and happy sunshine -- the movie is meant to be a giddy entertainment more than a morality tale, though the giddiness is trailed by an appropriate tug of unease.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    It is Spacey's performance that contains most of the movie's mystery; although Abramoff's actions left little room for justification, in Spacey's performance, there is some.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Kevin Spacey contributes a wonderfully flamboyant performance as Abramoff.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Casino Jack is all over the place: exaggerated comedy, cartoonish high jinks, then heavy-handed melodrama...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The film tries to encompass all of Abramoff's encyclopedic chicanery and chokes on the sheer volume.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    It's hard to work up a whole lot of love or sympathy for convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Compounding matters is an ungainly lead perf by Kevin Spacey, emphasizing superficial cynicism, and George Hickenlooper's direction, which lacks the bravura necessary to bring the most emblematic episode of recent Washington corruption fully to life.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Spacey has a field day as the hyper-energetic Abramoff, the former producer of the Dolph Lundgren epic "Red Scorpion" who observes that "Washington is Hollywood with ugly people."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    [Hickenlooper] heavy-handedly tried to make sense of it all and then conjured up a movie with "a Hollywood ending." The trouble is, the Hollywood hustler Abramoff never actually provided one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Casino Jack is really two movies: a convoluted tale about the exploits of disgraced Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, coupled with a zealous-if-misguided performance from Kevin Spacey in the title role.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kate Taylor Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The film has a complicated political story to tell, and its erratically suspenseful narrative often detracts from its central interest - what makes Abramoff tick.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Spacey is the reason to see Casino Jack. This movie will stand alongside The Usual Suspects and American Beauty as examples of what the actor is capable of accomplishing when he is properly motivated.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Spacey's splendid in this brisk and engaging portrait of the disgraced Washington lobbyist.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    Golden Globe nominee Kevin Spacey has a ball and then some playing the devil inside Jack Abramoff, the corrupt GOP lobbyist who ran wild during the W. years.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Though the film is peppered with one-liners tailor-made for Spacey to sling with stinging effect, it doesn't so much leave you laughing as just weary, and wishing this weren't a true story at all.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    63
    [Hickenlooper] tried to make sense of it all, and then conjured "a Hollywood ending." The trouble is, the Hollywood/D.C. hustler Jack Abramoff never actually provided one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    80
    Hickenlooper's approach to the subject plus a great performance by Kevin Spacey make Casino Jack an enjoyable comedy and thought provoking social commentary.
    Full Review » 2 years ago