Maverick (1994)

This witty western follows the exploits of card sharp Brett Maverick. Needing to raise enough cash to enter a major poker tournament, Maverick enters a small-town card game and finds himself in trouble when he walks away with the pot, a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 20, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.

Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

The script is notionally based on the old television series of the same name, but the screenwriter William Goldman, has produced something depressingly up to date in its incoherence, its crisis of confidence served up with a sickly grin.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

[Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Goldman and director Richard Donner don't know when to stop mining a gag and to move on. That the film runs in excess of two hours is indicative of the filmmakers' love affair with scenes that don't work.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It's cleverly crafted, and you can't help enjoying it even when you know it's manipulating you as brazenly as a poker dealer with tricky fingers and a well-stacked deck.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A solid ensemble class brings this pseudo remake to life. Mel Gibson is solid in a movie that is really more about fun than anything else.
Alex roy
Maverick is a wonderful comedy Western film based on the popular tv show. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, Maverick is a well acted, plotted… More
Tim Salmons
I love this flick. It's great seeing Richard Donner tackle a western. Even moreso with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn,… More
Conner Rainwater
There arenâ??t many western comedies out there so this is really a gem in that respect; itâ??s also just a great movie. Mel Gibson and Richard Donner never… More
Matthew Slaven
We are all in the middle of a poker game and its obvious that everyone is bluffing, but I couldn't have told you what the winning hand was going to be.… More
Jens S.
Fun western comedy by the dream team Donner / Gibson, where everyone involved seemed to have so much fun making this film, which easily transfers to the… More

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