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      R 2003 1h 41m Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 58% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Tiffany (Jamie Foxx), Charlie (Gabriel Byrne) and Vernon (Thandie Newton) are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens (Dina Merrill), a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need enough money to enter a game with Stevens, so they decide to strike a deal with fellow crook Larry Jennings (Stuart Townsend) to scam a local gangster -- which turns out to be a bad idea. Read More Read Less

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      Robert Koehler Variety 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. Jun 10, 2008 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish. Rated: 3/5 Apr 8, 2004 Full Review Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles. Apr 8, 2004 Full Review Bill Clark FromTheBalcony Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental. Rated: B Jun 26, 2005 Full Review 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. May 22, 2004 Full Review Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing. Rated: 1/4 Apr 30, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      isla s This film has a decent cast but the plot is pretty slow and convoluted. It didn't interest me much at all really. I suppose I enjoyed the shots of people dealing out the cards quickly but otherwise it was pretty boring and certainly not memorable, hence I wouldn't recommend it (if anything, its a little shady you could say). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review mark a way better than expected Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This felt like a 90s mob con man hybrid and was rather enjoyable to watch 3.6. Only thing I couldn’t get off my mind the entire time was for cash games as large as they were playing they would definitely hire a permanent dealer right ?!?? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/10/20 Full Review Audience Member Ultimately, this is a pretty good casino-style movie. Hell, it's almost a heist movie. But there are a few significant problems that bog it down. Stallone appears at minute 43 and probably has less than 25 minutes on screen. Instead, the movie focuses on the far duller and never properly explained characters of Vernon and Charlie Miller, to the extent of hinting at a mystery event in Atlantic City and a love triangle with Tiffany, neither of which are ever discussed. Tiffany participates in an alarming and confusing organ theft racket which is mentioned exactly twice without explanation. There's a weird scene with an old mentor that fills no gaps except to give a hair's breadth of backstory that doesn't matter to Vernon. Jamie Foxx gives an absurd performance that vastly overplays the value of his character. The biggest problem is the admittedly ambitious but poorly executed directorial style. He tries to tell the story in a nonlinear fashion, which pays off a few times, but tends to leave you wondering "what was that part again?" Not to mention the number of twists and double-crosses stacks up so high by the end of the movie (without any indication how they arranged said scams) that you kind of have to throw up your hands and take it. He wants to tell a super complex Guy Ritchie-style heist story, but the aim is too high. You are forced to simply believe what happens without adequate proof. Realistically though, it's a fun and unpredictable card movie. Don't overthink it when it ends and you'll be better off. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review jay s Poor on everything. The story sluggish. The actors are in a bad script trap. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mostly slow in its presentation, some of the tricks and set ups were neat. A few twists in plot that you could see coming, and the final game was nicely acted. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Tiffany (Jamie Foxx), Charlie (Gabriel Byrne) and Vernon (Thandie Newton) are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens (Dina Merrill), a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need enough money to enter a game with Stevens, so they decide to strike a deal with fellow crook Larry Jennings (Stuart Townsend) to scam a local gangster -- which turns out to be a bad idea.
      Director
      Damian Nieman
      Producer
      Chris Hammond, David Schnepp, Ted Hartley, Merv Griffin
      Screenwriter
      Damian Nieman
      Production Co
      Omen Pictures, Hammond Entertainment, Cobalt Media Group, RKO Pictures, Merv Griffin Entertainment, Judgement Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 22, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $24.7K
      Runtime
      1h 41m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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