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A gunslinging con man develops a tricky scheme to make a killing at a major poker tournament in this comic Western inspired by the popular television show. Mel Gibson assumes the role of Bret Maverick, the handsome rogue who hopes to cheat his way to success. In need of a large stake to enter a major card competition on a Louisiana steamboat, Maverick decides to take advantage of a few small-town poker players. These include the seemingly sweet Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and the intimidating Angel (Alfred Molina), neither of whom is too happy about their loss. Things become even more… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Maverick is quintessential summer fare, an unpretentious no-brainer that relies mostly on the star wattage of Gibson, Foster and old reliable James Garner."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Somewhere about halfway through Hour Two, you might find yourself looking at your watch and wondering, 'Like, when is this movie going to begin?'"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Facetious and cynical, Mel Gibson's star vehicle is glossy and superficially enteratining, but doesn't begin to approximate the charm of James Garner and the original TV series."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"We can close the competition for the most entertaining of the current spate of feature movies based on old TV shows."
‑ , People Magazine
"...an easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Maverick reminds us of what killed the western in the first place."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
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