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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: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There can be little doubt that a whole new generation is about to discover the charm, wit and fun of Maverick."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time, and one of the nice things about it is, it doesn't feel the need to justify its existence. It acts like it's the most natural thing in the world to be a Western."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"Formula Hollywood filmmaking at its shallowest."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A financially successful exercise in target-marketing, but not much of a movie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Affectionate, amiable, eager-to-please, in a TV-movieish sort of way."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
" easygoing diversion that could've (and should've) been so much better..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Everyone on board seems to be having enormous fun."
‑ , Film4
"It may make the $100 million, but it is not a well-made film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"At almost every turn, Maverick adds sly comic episodes."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Maverick may be as close as anything comes to a perfect summer movie (as opposed to a perfect movie)."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This one has it all - romance, comedy, action and high-spirited adventure!"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
"It's an enjoyable family film."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Mildly amusing - for about 35 seconds."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
More reviews for Maverick on Rotten Tomatoes

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