• The Gambler (2014)

The Gambler

Release Date: December 25th, 2014

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Literature professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the operator of an illicit gambling ring while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a paternalistic loan shark. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must risk everything for a second chance.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Lange, Sonya Walger, George Kennedy, Richard Schiff

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Closest to the Hole, Chartoff Winkler, Leverage

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Cool, Creative, 2010s, Car, Quest, Hotel, Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 43
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    A cover version is pretty much what this do-over of The Gambler represents, with the rougher edges mixed out and sweetened. It's no mystery why actors and directors want to relive the magic of American studio movies from the fabled 1970s, but if you're not going to take the risks that the originals did, or illuminate as much about the characters, why redo them at all? show more

  • 75
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    The new version uses addiction as a vehicle to tackle larger themes, eloquently explored by Monahan’s dialogue, which sings in a way uncommon to tough-guy crime-dramas. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    In nearly every scene, Wahlberg carries off the central role with what could be called determined elan. show more

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