Two For the Money
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D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed when he suffered a career-ending injury. Brandon turns out to have remarkable skill at picking winning football bets. Eventually, he comes to the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), a very successful business tycoon who runs a giant gambling operation. Walter brings Brandon to New York and introduces him to a glitzy, fast-paced, money-drenched lifestyle that Brandon eagerly soaks up. When Brandon's magic touch begins to falter, Walter starts to turn on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Original screenwriting gives way to clichés, and the resolution, while offering closure, seems false -- too much a case of the filmmakers wanting to have their cake and eat it, too."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Pacino is having a blast, and so might the viewer, at least until our scenery muncher finally gobbles all the foliage mid-way through the picture."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"While there are parts of Two for the Money worth watching, it's ultimately not one worth putting your money on."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Pacino's performance is only a few degrees shy of full-bore scenery-chewing, but the veteran actor stomps through this movie like a small Italian Godzilla."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Heavy on style and atmosphere and light on virtually everything else."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"It really works as a study of gambling."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"If Two for the Money maintained the same backbone as its alluring stars, it could have done much more than just break even."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Por trás de uma trama aparentemente convencional, esconde-se um inteligente estudo de personagem beneficiado pela estupenda atuação de Pacino (que conta também com o belo desempenho de seu companheiro de elenco, McConaughey)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Pacino rants and McConaughey flashes his pearlies in this craptacular mess."
‑ Jeff Otto, IGN Movies
"Call it My Fair Lady with a gender switch, a betting line and an over/under."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"The movie has a lot of built-in flash and is thus mildly entertaining, though the running time grinds it down."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Even at his worst Al Pacino can charm the birds from the trees, but in "Two For The Money" pigeons are the only species visiting."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The initial set-up is interesting enough but the film rapidly loses its way in the middle and ends up a horribly confused mess, with sub-plots and entire characters simply disappearing into thin air."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
" to be 'inspired' by a true story, which is probably the case, but any genuine drama has been diluted in favor of lazy predictability and a silly feel-good ending."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Because I couldn't understand how the betting advisory business depicted in 'Two for the Money" operates, the movie didn't always work for me."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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