21 Synopsis
College students use their expertise at card-counting to beat the house in Las Vegas.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
21 drags itself to a climax that puts credulity in splints. So what? In a multiplex of dumb-luck hits, it's a kick to watch Spacey and a...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
21 makes for some slick escapist fantasy. Even if, and because, the fantasy has its roots in something real.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The fun of 21 is the way that this sharp, hyperaware star in the making, his face as readable as a mood ring, pours us into an adrenalized...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Escapist moviegoers happy to live out a flashy fantasy get a brief comeuppance and still walk away from the table with a little something...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A predictable moral tale enacted by blandly pretty young things who bear little resemblance to the average brainiac.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A movie with an irresistible premise that ultimately collapses around the whole issue of motivation. Until it does, this is a thoroughly...
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Wall Street Journal

Very little adds up in 21.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While not exactly a zero, 21 lags and fails to measure up dramatically.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The early scenes are flashy fun, and Sturgess (handsome Jude in "Across the Universe") makes a convincing math geek. But the requisite...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's chief audience, consequently, will probably be gullible and young, responding to the cliches only because they haven't seen...
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En espanol

By argmiami
La pelicula esta basada a jovenes guapos e inteligentes, matematicos al fin, donde ellos tienen la capacidad de saber cuales cartas faltan y al mismo tiempo ganar mucho dinero en la Vegas, pero se...

1st time was good, 2nd time was great

I saw 21 at the Boston Premiere and the New York screening. This film has great characters -- Ben and Micky are rich and go beyond your standard hollywood cut outs. What is at premise a story about...

Mediocre and boring.

Just saw the free press preview of this glitzy luke-warm yarn that was loosely based on the novel "Bringing Down The House" which in turn was based on actual real-life card-counting capers of a group...

Lots of Flash but little else

By RandytheMovieFan
I really liked Jim Sturgess in Across the Universe and so am happy to say his performance in 21 reinforced how appealing an actor he is. I could forgive his English accent sneaking in a couple of...


By garry_7984
I was one of the students protrait in the movie. It was like watching myself again 20 years ago. I was indited on 5 counts of trespassing, and money laundring. Overall, Vegas can still be taken....

I Think I Will Double Down

By katherinekiyoko
I saw '21' while vacationing in St. Petersburg, Florida and thoroughly enjoyed it - not just because the theater's air conditioning was a nice contrast to the 90 degree weather outside. The acting...


By gosub
Critics that are slamming this flick are taking themselves way too seriously... maybe they expected a word for word translation of Ben Mezrich's book... obviously the makers took liberty with the...


By onetiredmom3651
I took my 2 daughters (19 and 15), my nephew (15) and my niece (12) to see this movie as a "family" outing. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed it! There was one part that I didn't...

Loved it.

By trr0546
I thought this was what movies are suppose to be about. A story you can follow, get involved in, care about the characters, and in the end you have learned something. I was entertained the entire...


By drkydory
This movie was really fast pace for a while then it got really slow and i felt myself asking for it to be over. It was funny and a good story line, it had great potential and they mostly achieved...

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Rated PG-13 | For some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Breezy Vegas con film fun, with some iffy stuff.
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