Casino Jack

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Released 2010

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Director:
George Hickenlooper
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

Casino Jack is a 2010 biographical comedy-drama film starring Kevin Spacey and directed by George Hickenlooper. The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, who was involved in a massive corruption scandal that led to the conviction of himself, two White House officials, Rep. Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and congressional staffers. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion in 2006 and of trading expensive gifts, meals and sports trips in exchange for political favors. Abramoff served three and a half years of a six-year sentence in federal prison, and was assigned to a halfway house. He was released on December 3, 2010. In 2010, Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor for his depiction of Abramoff in the film, eventually losing to Paul Giamatti for his role in Barney's Version.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Casino Jack is so forthright, it is stunning.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The plot has so many moving parts - so many envelopes of money, dropped names, half-explained schemes and hasty flights - that it quickly becomes more frustrating than illuminating.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Though the film is peppered with one-liners tailor-made for Spacey to sling with stinging effect, it doesn't so much leave you laughing as just weary, and wishing this weren't a tr...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dramedy, Crime, Biography