The Card Counter

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    The movie has real moral terror at its center. It gets ugly: It gives that word fresh resonance. This is where it gets things right -- what will, one hopes, make it worth remembering.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    Often prone to wearing thin his compulsions, Schrader's fealty to the work of Robert Bresson and his penchant for desultory narrative and aesthetic caprices are here tempered by exceptional performances from Isaac and Haddish...
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    Allison ShoemakerFox 10 Phoenix
    The best way to describe Paul Schrader's engrossing revenge drama [...] may also be the best way to describe the life of its protagonist: it's not for the faint of heart.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    Yes, life is a prison, life is a casino. It is not, however, a movie, or at least not "The Card Counter."
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    Christina NewlandReverse Shot
    The Card Counter, the latest film from Paul Schrader, is undeniably auteurist...
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Schrader cuts from shot to shot and scene to scene as if tracing crudely covered wounds, the unhealed scars from the amputation of vital parts of the soul.
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    Deborah YoungThe Film Verdict
    One of Paul Schrader's most complex and profound reflections on personal traumatic memory bleeds into the American tragedy of Abu Ghraib in this anguishing drama.
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    Don ShanahanCinephile Hissy Fit Podcast
    "The Card Counter" emerges as one of Schrader's modern best.
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    Allen AdamsThe Maine Edge
    "The Card Counter" is a thoughtful and intense character study, one that explores what it means to reckon with a deeply troubling past...aesthetically distinctive and meticulously paced.
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    Brett McCrackenThe Gospel Coalition
    It strikes me as perhaps Schrader's most interesting engagement with theological themes.
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