Saint John of Las Vegas
Saint John of Las Vegas (2010)

After a run of bad luck, John, a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Writer-director Hue Rhodes' debut is a poorly-paced, forgettable comedy that wastes the quirky talents of stars Steve Buscemi and Sarah Silverman.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Comic casting and comic timing pay off in most scenes, with Dinklage landing the big laughs, Malco doing his wise-guy-talking-down-to-the-doofus patter and Buscemi just bugging out and reacting to the craziness.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

For all its clever quirkiness, the end product seems flat and over-thought, which isn't to say it's a bad first step for this ambitious novice director, just a long way from something that will set the world on fire.

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Perri Nemiroff

Far from a masterpiece, but Rhodes gives Buscemi a role ripe with emotion and a fascinating complexity. Buscemi returns the favor by powering the film with an engaging oddity.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's a kind of cinematic purgatory, halfway between eternal reward and eternal damnation. The question is: What did I do to deserve such mediocrity?

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This debut feature by Hue Rhodes offers a wealth of skilled players and admirably offbeat gags yet seldom manages to generate any laughs.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The performances are strong--even the minor characters--and the atmosphere and tone are spot-on for a dark comedy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Saint John of Las Vegas was a bad script that somehow got made into a bad movie with good people in it.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's minor, but I enjoyed it, largely because of the people on-screen, but also for the sneaky sincerity of writer-director Hue Rhodes' chronicle of one compulsive gambler's slouch toward redemption.

Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

Buscemi playing Buscemi is still entertaining, even after all these years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Very, very loosely based on the work of Dante Alighieri, this is a quirky and offbeat indie road movie that would have been right at home circa 1994. The story… More
Greg S
An insurance claims adjuster with a gambling problem is sent to Las Vegas to investigate a wheelchair-bound stripper's car accident. The gambling… More
Everett Johnson
After a long string of bad luck gambling in his hometown of Las Vegas, John(Steve Buscemi) decides to try to live a normal life. He's moved to Albuquerque… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Despite what should be an ideal cast for a black comedy, Saint John of Las Vegas turns out to be a movie without much of a story. The humor is extremely sparse,… More
Melvin White
"Getting Lucky is a Roll of the Dice" I was intrigues by this movie because it had Steve Buscemi in the leading role and Romany Malco, who I really… More
Lane Zieben
Steve Buscemi is a weird man. He acts weird and looks weird, but he's still the best part about this movie. Probably the only good part. It's… More