Jackpot (2001)

Set 100 miles south of the setting of the Polish brothers' first feature, Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot tells the story of Sunny Holiday Jon Gries, a down-on-his-luck karaoke dweller who has hopes of becoming a country singer. He has… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 27, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A somewhat aimless movie that's too artsy for its own good.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

This is a comedy but the laughter it prompts is dark and parched.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Polish brothers are clearly talented; all they need now is a story that's more interesting than this one.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Has its moments, but if we're meant to care about these losers, the film misses by a mile.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Because there is no real chance Sunny will triumph -- Rocky this isn't -- we await the end with the same polite, mildly bemused vacancy with which we await the end of a serious karaoke performance, only without the benefit of alcohol.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Polish brothers are onto something about their view of small-towns in the western part of America...

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The Polish brothers seem more intent on giving their film an artsy sheen than on making sense of the characters or their plight.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat.

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Ted Murphy

"Jackpot" is a downbeat but effective character study ...

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

For anyone interested in a movie that wipes clean the grungy patina of self-delusionment, Jackpot hits solid pay dirt.

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