Il Cartaio (The Card Player)
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A serial killer with a knack for video poker and a taste for blood taunts a determined policewoman in director Dario Argento's attempt to bring the traditional giallo into the digital age. Detective Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca) is sitting at her desk when a message from an anonymous online gambler bearing the moniker "The Card Player" invites her to join a game of video poker. When the game screen loads, Mari is horrified to learn that the stakes of the game are higher than she ever could have imagined, as an unidentified female in an over-pixilated web-cam window screams for her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though it's based on a promisingly outrageous premise ... the film unfolds as a tired, thoroughly conventional police procedural that might as well be titled CSI: Roma."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"What most disappoints, then, is the film's aggressive ordinariness."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This oddly flat serial-killer picture shows none of the baroque flair that characterizes the best of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento's work."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fans of the cult helmer who expect the usual gore will be disappointed -- but there are compensations."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Argento can't adapt thrills of digital entertainment to the thrills of cinema."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"An okay story, a tepid and convoluted plot, no logic and silly dialogue."
‑ Jeremy Knox, Film Threat
"Plutôt embarrassant."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Argento, the once great king of giallo, goes down the drain - which is the only royal flush to be seen in this sub-par gambling thriller."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"Watching the online cards turn slowly (sometimes painfully so) in the film is to be reminded of how good Argento used to be when his aesthetic approach was less synthetic."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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