The Cincinnati Kid
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

Steve McQueen stars as the Cincinnati Kid, a crackerjack New Orleans stud poker player. Tired of chicken feed, the Kid decides to challenge The Man (Edward G. Robinson), the reigning poker champ, who is in town for a private game. The… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 15, 1965
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

By the time all the bets are in, Cincinnati Kid appears to hold a losing hand.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

The pool sharks in The Hustler have it all over the card sharks in The Cincinnati Kid, in spades.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews erratically-paced yet stirring drama that benefits greatly from McQueen's mere presence...

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Variety Staff

Adapted from Richard Jessup's realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A brilliant and utterly entertaining McQueen vehicle and one that fans of the actor will enjoy the most.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the Hustler, with Steve McQueen playing stud poker instead of Paul Newman shooting pool.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Marvellous performances throughout ensure interest.

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Dan Jardine

A slighter version of The Hustler, on a different sort of felt

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Cole Smithey

it's the film's stellar cast, along with a gritty narrative and stylized direction, that makes The Cincinnati Kid the best poker movie ever.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A little bit o'fun as McQueen leads a pretty gosh darn good cast in this typical tale of the kid against the powers that be. Eddie G.'s that power,… More
Michael Gildea
I hate card game and Steve McQueen movies but this one was great. It doesn't have the typical bullshit Hollywood ending and it's got a great cast.
jay nixon
Good acting puts this over, incredible cast coupled with interesting story. Ann-Margret is positively bursting with kittenish sexuality.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Cincinnati Kid" takes place in 1930's New Orleans where Eric Stoner, aka The Cincinnati Kid(Steve McQueen), is the… More
Lenny Muggsy
Crushing Ending but good effective long card scene that most likely influenced movies like Rounders or Casino Royale.
Sean Gillespie
What a classic! Right up there with "The Hustler" and "The Sting"..