21 (2008)

Ben Campbell is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who--needing to pay school tuition--finds the answers in the cards. He is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students that heads to Vegas every weekend armed with fake… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 21 could have been a fascinating study had it not supplanted the true story on which it is based with mundane melodrama.

Peter Bradshaw

As ever with gambling films, it's difficult to convey the thrill of winning at second hand; the human-interest complications are unconvincing and Spacey himself, I'm afraid, is a lugubrious and deadening presence.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

It is the gilded embodiment of the American Dream.

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Luis Miguel Cruz
Cine Premiere

Well made. [Full review in Spanish]

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If only director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb had not opted for glitz. As filmmakers, they're playing for very low stakes.

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Alonso Duralde

The only element in 21 that saves the film from being a dreary coming-of-age story grafted onto a two-hour commercial for the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Bureau is Spacey.

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José Ignacio Cuenca
Cinemanía (Spain)

An entertaining film that... as simple as it is passionate. [Full review in Spanish]

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

A breezy, fast-moving romp that trades well on its appeal as a glitzy caper movie about high-end scam artists without losing sight of its simmering greed-is-not-so-good theme.

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Stella Papamichael

Sturgess quietly sparkles as the born loser who struggles to adapt to life on winners' row.

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Richard Propes

Kate Bosworth, who's made three films with Spacey now, seems to fare the worst here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
One of those movies I saw before I was too jaded to just sit back and enjoy a cliched drama once in a while, I will still defend that there is something… More
Eric Alvarez
Gotta love any rags to riches story, and when it deals with gambling and counting cards it's even better. Overall, good fun movie.
Eugene Bernabe
A dynamic cast compiled by the help of one Kevin Spacey. 21 is a swift and smart story that is visually fascinating as it is clever. The film is brought down by… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] For a film that has a plot that could have really benefited from a darkly serious… More
Sanjay Rema
This movie just has so many points at which it should end, but it just keeps going and going and it isn't extremely interesting.
Martin Sahlin
I think this movie was pretty impressive. It's a pretty advanced movie. Nice to see Kevin Spacey mentoring all theese young unknown actors.