Shade (2003)

The first film from real-life card shark Damian Nieman, who wrote and directed the picture, stars Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, and Stuart Townsend as a trio of con-artists looking to make a big score. With the help of The Dean (Sylvester… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler

Card sharks and grifters look like the stuff of an engrossing movie in Shade, but, in the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Through some mystery of connection and financing that involves producer Merv Griffin, many worthy players are degraded by Nieman's amateur stylings.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...the plot becomes almost irrelevant -- these guys are just fun to watch, and only Newton seems to be on a vain superstar trip.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

O diretor/roteirista Damian Nieman mantém o filme com um ritmo sempre envolvente e conta com as ótimas atuações de todo o elenco (Stallone e Townsend, em especial).

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish.

Bill Clark

Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental.

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Todd Gilchrist

With so many sucker bets coercing your hand before you're really ready to make a safe cinematic wager, this will be one film you won't mind losing your money to see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
When gambling your life, leave nothing to chance.
Jamie Clarke
Another forgotten Stallone film, This time it's about card griffting and even though it can be hard to keep up with who's on who's side even in… More
Al S
A swift, smart and wickedly entertaing crime thriller. Tense, clever and really cool. Teriffically funny and suspensful. Great twist and turns that never let… More
Deb S
"Shade" is a story of small-time crooks trying to make big... the characters were alright, and the plot OK with some twists and turns. Fairly decent… More
Cassandra Maples
Shade is the story about one great poker mechanic (Vernon) pitted against the best (The Dean). Then the story gets incredibly tangled and you're not too… More
Remi Logan
I'm a fan of Thandie Newton and Stuart Townsend, but this film did nothing for me.