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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 identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. With unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa leading the way, they've cracked the code. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos big time. Seduced by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and by his smart and sexy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Although it's definitely a fictionalization of a true story, they get the essence of this insanely crazy double life that these kids led as they were breaking the bank in Vegas."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Craps out leaving you wondering how it all went so wrong."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"It's a slick enough movie, with an intriguing enough concept. It would be a much more enjoyable movie, however, if the wheels didn't come off script-wise."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The whizzo-conceit and slick visual bling do give it an undeniably diverting buzz, yet the movie's cautionary formula shows its hand way before the clunky final reel."
‑ , Time Out
"Inspired by the real-life story of the M.I.T. students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions, 21 has been reshaped to fit a simple movie template -- and it's nearly as much fun as watching an insurance professional compute actuarial tables."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"Too bland, too bright and too long, 21 may talk a big game but it is mainly insipid entertainment."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"One can't help but think there was a smarter film to be made from this premise."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Spacey makes a nicely chilly villain and Bosworth a warm and glamorous leading lady, if an implausible maths genius."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"The students are so blandly written this never builds any suspense, though it probably has some value as an empowerment fantasy for debt-ridden collegians."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A movie with an irresistible premise that ultimately collapses around the whole issue of motivation."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Luketic's dunderheaded, would-be caper is a morality tale where the only moral at stake is the dullard-hero's thoughtless entitlement"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"When the movie 21 was announced with Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne, it sounded like a winner. When everybody else involved in 21 was mentioned, it was doomed to be a loser."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Disappointing thriller that's let down by a tedious script, a frankly ridiculous final act and some dodgy overacting by Kevin Spacey."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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