The Cincinnati Kid
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Steve McQueen stars as the Cincinnati Kid, a crackerjack New Orleans stud poker player. Tired of chicken feed, the Kid decides to challenge The Man (Edward G. Robinson), the reigning poker champ, who is in town for a private game. The Shooter (Karl Malden), another gambling pro, arranges a game between the Kid and the Man, with the Shooter dealing. The game is compromised by the intervention of Slade (Rip Torn), an old foe of the Man's who tries to fix the outcome. The Kid finds out about this and tells Slade to get lost, preferring to win fair and square. The outcome is in the cagey hands… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the time all the bets are in, Cincinnati Kid appears to hold a losing hand."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The pool sharks in The Hustler have it all over the card sharks in The Cincinnati Kid, in spades."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
" erratically-paced yet stirring drama that benefits greatly from McQueen's mere presence..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"McQueen's first teaming with director Jewison is not as fun to watch as the later Thomas Crown Affair, but the actor gives a cool, understated perfromance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"seemingly prosaic spectacle of poker game as the contest of epic proportions"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Adapted from Richard Jessup's realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A brilliant and utterly entertaining McQueen vehicle and one that fans of the actor will enjoy the most."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's the Hustler, with Steve McQueen playing stud poker instead of Paul Newman shooting pool."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Even if you don't understand the game, you'll be biting your nails."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Norman Jewison's core themes of his career is the singular figure and how his or her's goals, desires, and actions affect the people around them."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Marvellous performances throughout ensure interest."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A slighter version of The Hustler, on a different sort of felt"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"it's the film's stellar cast, along with a gritty narrative and stylized direction, that makes The Cincinnati Kid the best poker movie ever."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Falta-lhe a complexidade moral e psicológica de Desafio à Corrupção, mas, ainda assim, é um filme com personagens suficientemente interessantes para prender nossa atenção."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Moody and stylish, and McQueen is cool as ever."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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