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
"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
"It really works as a study of gambling."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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
"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
"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 still seems like there should be more tension in Two for the Money than simply watching grown men bite their lips as they watch pro games on TV monitors."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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