Saint John of Las Vegas
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Saint John of Las Vegas
After a run of bad luck, John, a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets. When his boss asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil on an investigation of a dubious car "accident" near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion. Soon John is on the road with Virgil. Through the journey, John's confidence builds, and he realizes that he can't escape his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Comic casting and comic timing pay off in most scenes, with Dinklage landing the big laughs, Malco doing his wise-guy-talking-down-to-the-doofus patter and Buscemi just bugging out and reacting to the craziness."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"For all its clever quirkiness, the end product seems flat and over-thought, which isn't to say it's a bad first step for this ambitious novice director, just a long way from something that will set the world on fire."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Far from a masterpiece, but Rhodes gives Buscemi a role ripe with emotion and a fascinating complexity. Buscemi returns the favor by powering the film with an engaging oddity."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"You can take a gambler out of Las Vegas, but you can't take Las Vegas out of a gambler."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Don't get me wrong. I loved Buscemi's low-key performance. But I'm less crazy about the movie, which is sometimes oddly timed and funny and sometimes just plain flat."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's a kind of cinematic purgatory, halfway between eternal reward and eternal damnation. The question is: What did I do to deserve such mediocrity?"
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"This debut feature by Hue Rhodes offers a wealth of skilled players and admirably offbeat gags yet seldom manages to generate any laughs."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The performances are strong--even the minor characters--and the atmosphere and tone are spot-on for a dark comedy."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"good for a quick laugh, but ultimately an empty gesture."
‑ Jason Morgan,
"Trying desperately to be hip and cool, 'Saint John of Las Vegas' is fey and flimsy instead."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Saint John of Las Vegas was a bad script that somehow got made into a bad movie with good people in it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's minor, but I enjoyed it, largely because of the people on-screen, but also for the sneaky sincerity of writer-director Hue Rhodes' chronicle of one compulsive gambler's slouch toward redemption."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Buscemi playing Buscemi is still entertaining, even after all these years."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"... slightly less than the sum of its parts ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The script is both overly simple and unnecessarily complex. As we wander west without tension or purpose across an airless desert, the trip isn't all that enjoyable. For God's sake, are we there yet?"
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
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