Casino Jack Reviews

  • Tonally scattershot and more than a little heavy-footed. But then, so were the real cons from which Abramoff profited while the flimflam worked.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Hickenlooper's oddly apolitical caper film loses itself in the puzzle of its protagonist's personality.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • "Casino Jack" is glib, fast-paced entertainment that barely leaves a mark - which, given the subject, is just plain wrong.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • An improbably blithe cautionary tale, recounting the rise and fall of D.C. superlobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Anyone who's seen Gibney's superior version will immediately be struck by how false this fictionalized account feels.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Kevin Spacey contributes a wonderfully flamboyant performance as Abramoff.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Casino Jack is all over the place: exaggerated comedy, cartoonish high jinks, then heavy-handed melodrama...

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film tries to encompass all of Abramoff's encyclopedic chicanery and chokes on the sheer volume.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's hard to work up a whole lot of love or sympathy for convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • 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."

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • The film has a complicated political story to tell, and its erratically suspenseful narrative often detracts from its central interest - what makes Abramoff tick.

    Kate Taylor — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Spacey's splendid in this brisk and engaging portrait of the disgraced Washington lobbyist.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

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