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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's a sense in which we're always waiting for it to kick in.

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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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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Gries and Morris play this luckless, clueless pair with such understanding and presence that they make Sunny and Lester come alive in every scene.

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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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Writer-directors Michael and Mark Polish ... are going for something grittier in their follow-up, Jackpot. Unfortunately, this entails mixing country-kitsch cliches and excessive vulgarity with their narrative flourishes.

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Ted Murphy

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

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