21

21

21
Based on the fact-based story of six brilliant MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) students who used an intricate mathematical technique to count cards at Vegas casinos and win themselves millions of dollars.

Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is a shy student who needs to pay his tuition fees, and is soon introduced to other students who have formed a gambling club under the guidance of their maths and stastics professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey). Ben is particularly interested in a female member – Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth).

Counting cards isn’t illegal, but the team has to work hard to keep one step ahead of the casino’s enforcer Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).
2008123 minsUSA
5%
want to see

Reviews & comments

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The human-interest complications are unconvincing and Spacey himself, I'm afraid, is a lugubrious and deadening presence.

2.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

There are moments where Spacey and Bosworth have their fun in spite of the film -- they both adopt Southern "characters" as disguises at one point, which is a hoot -- but overall, 21 is a busted hand.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There are some very funny moments, a nice twist or two and solid performances from Spacey (who doesn't have to do much to steal a scene), Fishburne and Sturgess, but overall, as hard as it might try, 21 is a few cards short of a winning hand.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The Ocean’s Eleven: The College Years mood makes for a breezy good time, even if there is, like Vegas, precious little substance beneath the glitz.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

A competent seat filler that will last in your memory about as long as the bus ride home. Which is a pity, because it should have been a cracker.

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The strong performances and fascinating plot still shine through the slack pace and predictable plotting, but with a little more artistic ambition this could have been something special.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Luketic shoots the action at the tables with the requisite flashiness, boldly defying the laws of probability to make mathematics sexy.

3.0
0

A very good tale about young people being used by there teacher for monetary gain for there uncanny capability for counting cards and what happens when they get caught

4.0
0

I believe that 21 is a movie that few can tolerate more than once. It has an amazing storyline but you need quite a large attention span to enjoy it to its full potential.

2.0
0

This was one of the best movies ive ever seen. Great actors, and storyline. And not even a low light in this movie. Id see it again.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The human-interest complications are unconvincing and Spacey himself, I'm afraid, is a lugubrious and deadening presence.

2.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

There are moments where Spacey and Bosworth have their fun in spite of the film -- they both adopt Southern "characters" as disguises at one point, which is a hoot -- but overall, 21 is a busted hand.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There are some very funny moments, a nice twist or two and solid performances from Spacey (who doesn't have to do much to steal a scene), Fishburne and Sturgess, but overall, as hard as it might try, 21 is a few cards short of a winning hand.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The Ocean’s Eleven: The College Years mood makes for a breezy good time, even if there is, like Vegas, precious little substance beneath the glitz.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

A competent seat filler that will last in your memory about as long as the bus ride home. Which is a pity, because it should have been a cracker.

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The strong performances and fascinating plot still shine through the slack pace and predictable plotting, but with a little more artistic ambition this could have been something special.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Luketic shoots the action at the tables with the requisite flashiness, boldly defying the laws of probability to make mathematics sexy.

3.0
0

A very good tale about young people being used by there teacher for monetary gain for there uncanny capability for counting cards and what happens when they get caught

4.0
0

I believe that 21 is a movie that few can tolerate more than once. It has an amazing storyline but you need quite a large attention span to enjoy it to its full potential.

2.0
0

This was one of the best movies ive ever seen. Great actors, and storyline. And not even a low light in this movie. Id see it again.

5.0
0