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The Cooler

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use.

R In Theaters 11/26/2003 , 103min.
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The Hollywood Reporter
A refreshing throwback to another era of moviemaking: This movie was poured from the bottle, not one of those bar regulator machines. It's got the kick, style and flavor of a straight-up story, before movies were watered down with the opinions of marketers, lawyers and committee heads. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Still, it's difficult to hold his whoppers against him. In creating characters of such spirit and life, and in imagining such a vibrant, imaginative homage to the transformative powers of love, Kramer, more than most, has earned the right to push his luck. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Luckily this picture is rescued from cliché by the quality of the acting, and Mr. Kramer wisely gives the actors room to work. Full Review
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Director Wayne Kramer and co-writer Frank Hannah pull off a sleight-of-hand trick here, playing a gritty surface reality against dark Vegas mythology and getting away with it through a combination of shrewd, witty characterization and sure-footed storytelling skills. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
A lot of fun early in the evening, when the Rat Pack ambiance is novel, but gets bleary by 4 a.m. in the story. Full Review

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