All In: The Poker Movie Opens Friday, Getting Good Reviews

All In: The Poker Movie (nationwide release tomorrow) has been in the works for awhile.

We met the documentary crew making it back at the 2008 WSOP. At the time, we assumed it was just another few-years-too-late attempt to cash in on the poker boom.

However, the film had some legs, got completed, and to the surprise of most anyone who has followed the arc of poker-pop-culture entertainment since 2004, is actually pretty good.

We got to watch it about a month ago. While it could’ve benefitted from about 30 minutes of footage hitting the cutting room floor, all in all, it way exceeded our expectations.

Turns out, the critics are mostly liking it too.

All In as of post-time has a 71% Rotten Tomatoes score. Two reviewers (both who liked the film) capture our basic feedback:

Frankly, it could have used a touch more disrepute.


An achingly comprehensive poker-praising documentary that unfolds in rather scattershot form, yet still remains more or less entertaining enough to engage non-players.

So yeah, we would’ve liked seeing the movie embrace degeneracy a bit more. And it could’ve been a little bit tighter in its storytelling. But if you’re someone who makes it a habit to visit poker blogs daily, the movie is definitely up your ally and worth your time. You’ll enjoy it.

At a minimum, we expect the movie to out-gross Deal.


4 Responses

  1. China Man

    March 22, 2012 11:21 pm, Reply

    I get the sense watching these things that most of the talking heads have little to no idea what they’re even talking about. I love playing poker, it’s addictive as hell, but for anyone who’s played on a regular basis, not even professionally, the romance of the game and the people who play it simply doesn’t exist.

    These features and poker news reporting, in general – not counting you WCP folks who seem to have a better understanding – could use a little more grit and reality. It’s bizarre, but the fictional Rounders still provides the best and most honest representation of card players, even with the exaggerations.

    Sorry for the rant.

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