Jackpot
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Director Michael Polish and his twin brother Mark, who co-wrote and co-starred in the low-key, yet bizarre Twin Falls Idaho, about a woman who falls in love with a conjoined twin, follow up that modest cult hit with Jackpot. Jackpot is named for the town of Jackpot, NV, said in the film to be "just across the border" from Twin Falls. Like the Polish brothers' debut, it's well shot by cinematographer M. David Mullen, and is similarly full of odd, deadpan humor, but Jackpot has much more prosaic subject matter. Sunny Holiday (Jon Gries) abandons his wife Bobbi (Daryl Hannah)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a comedy but the laughter it prompts is dark and parched."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The Polish brothers are clearly talented; all they need now is a story that's more interesting than this one."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Has its moments, but if we're meant to care about these losers, the film misses by a mile."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"These appealing characters wear out their welcome at about the same time it becomes apparent they're going nowhere slowly and that the teasing promises made by the story's fractured sensibility will be modestly realized at best."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A disappointing tease of a movie, all low-rent glimmer and ominous hints of something awful that either happened or is going to happen."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Because there is no real chance Sunny will triumph -- Rocky this isn't -- we await the end with the same polite, mildly bemused vacancy with which we await the end of a serious karaoke performance, only without the benefit of alcohol."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The Polish brothers are onto something about their view of small-towns in the western part of America..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Polish brothers seem more intent on giving their film an artsy sheen than on making sense of the characters or their plight."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Jackpot's song skips about the countryside never hitting full groove."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Being the kind of film that opts for visual flash over intellectual (or emotional) substance, Jackpot doesn't hold up for the long haul."
‑ Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Jackpot" is a downbeat but effective character study ..."
‑ Ted Murphy, Baseline.Hollywood.com
"For anyone interested in a movie that wipes clean the grungy patina of self-delusionment, Jackpot hits solid pay dirt."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Ultimately, Sunny is too hopeless to really care about."
‑ Barry Johnson, Oregonian
"Dominated by a protagonist so uninteresting that he overshadows everything."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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