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The Card Counter (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Led by Oscar Isaac's gripping performance, The Card Counter adds another weighty chapter to Paul Schrader's long inquiry into man's moral responsibility.

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Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader's THE CARD COUNTER. Told with Schrader's trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions, and features riveting performances from stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe.

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Isaac gives a finely judged performance. His Tell is a tightly controlled but outwardly affable character who behaves as if he's given up all ambition beyond the desire to stay out of trouble.

November 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Card Counter is an uncomfortable, meditative movie about guilt, risk, retribution, and the way America operates. It's also an extraordinary example of Oscar Isaac's power.

November 23, 2021 | Full Review…

The film has a broodingly commanding central performance. It's a pity, then, that much of its promise is squandered by sloppiness, both in the writing and elsewhere.

November 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For all its moody moralising, The Card Counter is a slowburn bluff with little new to offer.

November 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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[A] clunky, self-serious dirge...

November 5, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film-maker shows his unblunted gift for writing riveting dialogue, peering into the heart of contemporary America and finding its black spots, while Isaac proves a solid bet.

November 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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