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Shade, the first feature film from real-life card shark Damian Nieman, who wrote and directed the picture, stars Gabriel Byrne and Thandie Newton as a duo of con artists looking to beat the "Dean" (Sylvester Stallone), a legendary card shark, in a high-stakes poker game. Their first step is hiring two fellow tricksters -- Jamie Foxx and Stuart Townsend -- to provide the smooth talking and to procure the necessary funds. Unfortunately, Larry (Foxx) blows his hand and finds himself with 85,000 dollars worth of debt owed to a local crime boss. Shade premiered at the 2003 CineVegas film… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Card sharks and grifters look like the stuff of an engrossing movie in Shade, but, in the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Through some mystery of connection and financing that involves producer Merv Griffin, many worthy players are degraded by Nieman's amateur stylings."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"...the plot becomes almost irrelevant -- these guys are just fun to watch, and only Newton seems to be on a vain superstar trip."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Too much of a jumble."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"A fan of gambling flicks? Then, ante up for this one."
‑ , E! Online
"A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"O diretor/roteirista Damian Nieman mantém o filme com um ritmo sempre envolvente e conta com as ótimas atuações de todo o elenco (Stallone e Townsend, em especial)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Good fun for those who like Mametian con-inside-a-con-inside-a-con trickery."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Audiences are (or should be) too keen on the con genre for filmmakers to keep expecting wide-eyed reactions on twist after twist, but this is a pretty decent one and outside of Mamet it's not often something you should expect."
‑ Erik Childress,
"Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"With so many sucker bets coercing your hand before you're really ready to make a safe cinematic wager, this will be one film you won't mind losing your money to see."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"In a movie about the con, the play is to hustle the audience into thinking it's more than it is."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"In the game of con-poker, a pair of card mechanics beats a full house of gangsters every time."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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