The Cooler Synopsis
A casino director's (Alec Baldwin) employee (William H. Macy) falls for a waitress (Maria Bello) .
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Look for realism, and you'll find The Cooler disappointing. Look for a far-fetched yarn that's as unpredictable as a throw of the dice,...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

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A refreshing throwback to another era of moviemaking: This movie was poured from the bottle, not one of those bar regulator machines. It's...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Wayne Kramer, who co-wrote the scrappy script with Frank Hannah, makes a potent directing debut and strikes gold with the cast.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Cooler is small-scale moviemaking about small-scale lives. But it's big in all the right ways.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The acting is on the money, the writing has substance, the direction knows when to evoke film noir and when (in a trick shot involving...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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Sly, sexy Las Vegas fable.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Looks brilliant while you're watching it and stands revealed as counterfeit only in the strong light of day. What Baldwin does, though, is...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A lot of fun early in the evening, when the Rat Pack ambiance is novel, but gets bleary by 4 a.m. in the story.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Grabber sub-plots further boost a story that is basically made by its three leads.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
When you realize The Cooler is not a comedy but a dark and violent love story, it's hard to reconcile its premise with its mood. The saving...
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