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Deal yourself in for high-speed thrills and high-stakes poker action in this triumphant tale of cards and courage starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Shannon Elizabeth. A retired gambler (Reynolds) itching to get back in the game teams up with a hotshot college senior (Harrison) to take the poker world by storm. But a beautiful Vegas call girl (Elizabeth) complicates the plan, and soon the teacher and student find themselves in a heads-up battle for the championship. Featuring an all-star lineup of your favorite Texas hold'em players, Deal is a winning hand for poker fans everywhere!

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"They've got to do something else with these poker movies."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An embarrassingly toothless and endlessly boring story about characters we barely get to know doing things that are more exciting than they make it seem."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"so gossamer thin that it's hard to feel strongly about it one way or the other"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Highly derivative, embarrassingly hollow."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Reynolds doesn't convey any of the lightning bolt insouciance that made him arguably the greatest movie star of the '70s and '80s (really) but rather just stands there."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As a piece of entertainment, it's like being dealt a pair of twos: You could certainly do worse, but ..."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"There is so little originality here and so much faking it that it hardly justifies critical analysis."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"There is more complexity in a sub-par episode of the Teletubbies than in anything to be found in Deal"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"It's not the cards you play but the people . . . which is why poker movies (in this case Texas Hold'em) are far more interesting than many sports movies"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The outcome is never in question, but for fans of the game, even simulated action is preferable to perfunctory drama."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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