The Big Shot-Caller
The Big Shot-Caller (2009)

A socially awkward, severely nearsighted accountant rediscovers his childhood love of salsa dancing after losing his job and reclaiming his self-esteem. When Jamie Lesser (David Rhein) was just a young boy, Strictly Ballroom was his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2009
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Eric Monder
Hollywood Reporter

It is hard to see how "The Big Shot-Caller" will catch fire with audiences. From its awkward, ambiguous title to its lack of charismatic performers, this minor drama doesn't have many commercial prospects.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

This minuscule indie variation of Saturday Night Fever moves only in fits and starts.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A methodical and thoughtful film that provides food for thought but will be too slow for most audiences.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Family togetherness goes only so far. Witness The Big Shot-Caller, a lackluster soaper written and directed by Marlene Rhein, who stars with her brother, David Rhein. (They portray brother and sister, no less.)

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Ronnie Scheib

Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the pic...doesn't come off strictly amateur.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

This film, about a wallflower that finds himself through Salsa dancing, warrants a short-not a feature film.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

You have to wonder about a debut this self-involved: What's left for the second film?

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Brian Orndorf

Shot-Caller is more of a kissin' cousin to Napoleon Dynamite, with delayed, deadpan performance beats that crackle with dried irony and deliberate oddity, performed by a cast of amateurs.

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