The Cooler
The Cooler (2003)

Writer/director Wayne Kramer offers a glimpse into the aging Las Vegas casino world with the romantic drama The Cooler. Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is extremely unlucky at gambling, and he owes the Shangri-La casino over 100,000 dollars.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A small movie elevated by superb performances.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

In reconstructing Macy's equal-opportunity loser persona as a romantic winner, The Cooler forgets what made its star so winning in the first place.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A movie without a compass, switching pace and direction as haphazardly as a caffeinated SUV driver on a cellphone.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sweet underdog romantic dramedy...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A B-movie in the best sense: Unpretentious. Raffish. Just trashy enough to be six kinds of fun without making you hate yourself in the morning.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's pretty winning for a long way, reminding us that everything in life is a kind of gamble, and if you don't play, you'll never win.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

What elevates this Vegas-set drama above the routine is the high-caliber acting of William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and especially Alex Baldwin, who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Kramer has gotten strong performances from his cast (Baldwin is particularly good as the strangely likable, but still horrible, casino owner).

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"The Cooler" is a complex 'small' movie that packs a big punch.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Avoid this film. It will eat your soul and vomit black bile in your face.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
paul oh
In some ways, the film can be seen as a fairy tale. The protagonist is weak but at the end becomes something beyond human with the help of his muse. Beautifully… More
Gordon A
Macy at his best supported by Bello as her star was rising and Baldwin at his scene stealing sinister peak. Just short of classic on account of the flimsy… More
Chris Weber
From co-writer/director Wayne Kramer (but not the guy from the MC5) comes this stylish, charming, and underrated little gem of a movie about a professional… More
Anthony Lawrie
A very stylish, intelligent and cool film. I found the beginning sequence of the demolition of classic casinos extremely moving and I?ve never even been to… More
Cynthia S.
Yet another good William H. Macy movie. Very well made and well acted movie. Seems like this would really be something that casinos do.
Ken Stachnik
I can't help but say the name of this film like the German's in the great escape.