Il Cartaio (The Card Player)
Il Cartaio (The Card Player) (2004)

A serial killer with a knack for video poker and a taste for blood taunts a determined policewoman in director Dario Argento's attempt to bring the traditional giallo into the digital age. Detective Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca) is sitting… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
New York Times

Though it's based on a promisingly outrageous premise ... the film unfolds as a tired, thoroughly conventional police procedural that might as well be titled CSI: Roma.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

What most disappoints, then, is the film's aggressive ordinariness.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

This oddly flat serial-killer picture shows none of the baroque flair that characterizes the best of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento's work.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Fans of the cult helmer who expect the usual gore will be disappointed -- but there are compensations.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Argento can't adapt thrills of digital entertainment to the thrills of cinema.

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Jeremy Knox
Film Threat

An okay story, a tepid and convoluted plot, no logic and silly dialogue.

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Jean-François Vandeuren

Plutôt embarrassant.

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Argento, the once great king of giallo, goes down the drain - which is the only royal flush to be seen in this sub-par gambling thriller.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Watching the online cards turn slowly (sometimes painfully so) in the film is to be reminded of how good Argento used to be when his aesthetic approach was less synthetic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Dario Argento has crafted some of the most memorable horror films in the genres history. However he has lost his touch starting in the mid 90's. The Card… More
Matt Penney
The concept is very interesting with this one and the kills are good. The love story, however, dragged the film down and made it too conventional.
Lee ?
Cyber-thriller about a thrill-seeking killer who kidnaps women and then lures the police into a game of online poker to play for the lives of the victims. This… More
Marcus Woolcott
Here, the victims lives depend on a game of online poker. And that aspect of the film is great and works really well. Sadly, Argento has given up on visual… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
The trailer and DVD packaging makes it look like cheap Euro-porn, but it's actually a good Argento movie, comparable to his original animal trilogy of… More