Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game
Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018)

When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into the nursing home, Cliffside Manor, with his deteriorating wife Molly, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). Even though at first Abe… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 12, 2018
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2018
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon

Landau's performance here is a deftly calibrated thing of beauty, and it ranks among his finest work since his Oscar-winning turn as a frail Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood."

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The film would benefit from tighter editing and the loss of 20 minutes or so of unnecessary material. As is, it spends too long going nowhere in particular in a manner we have all seen before.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The film has its moments, but is it the film Martin Landau deserved as his farewell performance?

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

The medical tidbits, however awkwardly presented, are the most distinctive aspects of the script. The flat direction, alas, is not the work of a filmmaker.

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Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

Focuses too obsessively on one particular male malady.

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Jacob Oller
Paste Magazine

The Last Poker Game is an unexpectedly warm movie, shot with a honed sense of visual storytelling-especially given the director's newness with all this-and an eye for textures, but one which flames out into a terribly overwrought ending.

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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

A compassionate portrayal of lives stripped down to bare essentials by aging, illness, and loss.

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Brian Orndorf

Landau and Sorvino offer wonderfully feeling and funny work, making complex, feisty men out of Abe and Phil.

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