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  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    The dull production obviously sees itself as an updated "Cincinnati Kid" for the World Poker Tour set, but the end result and its characters have all the originality and dramatic depth of a TV telecast. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Deal doesn't really care about the characters as much as it does the World Poker Championships, where Tommy and Alex end up. Once we get there the movie becomes interesting because Cates understands the game and its dramas a lot better than he understands people and theirs. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There's no compelling reason to see Deal. Everything it offers is familiar to the extent where even though it's not a remake, it feels like one. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Moving slowly these days, Reynolds does less than no acting in this role, and he’s still the best thing in Deal. show more

  • 50
    L.A. Weekly

    When you're working with clearly conventional material, it helps to attack it from a cockeyed angle or at least adopt a gritty, lived-in urgency, but Deal is fatally earnest. show more

  • 50
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    The main pleasure of this high-stakes-poker drama is watching a septuagenarian Burt Reynolds effortlessly revive his 70s screen persona as a strutting paragon of male shrewdness and sexuality. show more

  • 40

    Public fascination with Texas Hold 'em and other poker variations will likely bolster B.O., though more discriminating auds may choose to pass. show more

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times

    The direction by Gil Cates Jr. is inept at best, and the script by Cates and Marc Weinstock seems to operate under the assumption that trafficking in flabby clichés -- the kindly call girl, the scrappy youngster, the angry dad -- will somehow smooth over the underdeveloped characters. show more

  • 25
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    To think that a semi-major studio financed a production this low-rent and listless is amazing: Since when did MGM start making student films? show more

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