Reindeer Games (Deception)
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A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap in this action drama. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watchable but sometimes quite ludicrous."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Os personagens de Jogo Duro se dividem em dois tipos: os unidimensionais e os incoerentes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"seems always to be verging on the edge of camp, as if it were nudged just a little bit to the left it would be an all-out comedy rather than a thriller"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"So relentlessly unpleasant that it could have been knowingly designed as the reductio ad absurdum of the heartless, empty, violence-as-sideshow thriller."
‑ David Chute, IFilm
"A pileup of impossible-to-believe situations that just keep getting worse with every line uttered by anyone who happens to be on screen."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"I wish I'd had a stopwatch, to clock how many minutes are spent while one character holds a gun to another character's head and gabs."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Winds up a fiery knot of tangled loyalties and betrayals, with no one to root for."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"This represents the worst the Hollywood system has to offer."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The 'out-of-the-blue' ending that slaps you so hard in the face, you'll think General Patton was sitting next to you."
‑ Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures (U.S.)
"It's a heist without a plan, a crime without a brain, a thriller without a decent script."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Kruger makes Reindeer Games fun and Frankenheimer gives it class, clarity, and energy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
""[The director's cut] is empirically better...""
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"As leaden as a Civil War fruitcake."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Ben Affleck does not work as a noir tough guy but comes across more like a recent member of the University of Michigan's Alpha Sigma Rho chapter."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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