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4.0 out of 5 stars Lobbying and Lingerie
The rise and fall of 'superlobbyist', Jack Abramoff. Enjoyable story of politics, corruption and revenge. (Memo to self: never leave your lover's panties lying around.) Some of the political and business shenanigans were hard to follow (for me). But Kevin Spacey was captivating throughout and carries the film as a kind of Ari Gold (Entourage) of lobbying. One of his best...
Published on 14 July 2012 by Graham Chapman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely soulless
This semi-biographical tale of a crooked Washington DC lobbyist: Jack Abramoff, who is brought down when he makes some unwise choices of business partners, ultimately felt very unsatisfying; like a meal that you've really been looking forward to but which just doesn't make the grade. Kevin Spacey is a fine stage and screen actor, but his morally bloated and physically...
Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely soulless, 24 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Casino Jack [DVD] (DVD)
This semi-biographical tale of a crooked Washington DC lobbyist: Jack Abramoff, who is brought down when he makes some unwise choices of business partners, ultimately felt very unsatisfying; like a meal that you've really been looking forward to but which just doesn't make the grade. Kevin Spacey is a fine stage and screen actor, but his morally bloated and physically unprepossessing lobbyist was just irritating, with his constant stream of third-rate impersonations from classic movies, his odious mannerisms, and his unwavering arrogance and self-belief in the face of rock-solid proof of his inadequacies as a human being. Along with his gormless partner in crime Michael Scanlon (an obnoxious Barry Pepper), unfathomably loyal wife Pam (Kelly Preston), and repellent stooge - licentious mattress salesman Adam Kidan, Abramoff proceeds to barge his way into any area which will boost his own bank balance, until hubris finally trips him up.
Overall this is a well-made movie, but I just felt it lacked soul, and only really served as a reminder of just how much folly and greed we are all capable of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Under The Influence, 5 Oct. 2014
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Casino Jack [DVD] (DVD)
There is something missing in this tale; or am I (and a number of my fellow reviewers) simply tired of tales of witless excess? The characters spend their time ripping people off, patronising and brown-nosing (at the same time) politicians, mouthing the most outrageous religious technobabble and being very boring (or over-the-top like the Barry Pepper character). Did the actors have a bad day or is this topic just more interesting to Beltway Bandits than to Brits? In the film the lead tries to pitch an action film about Moses to two shocked producers; I had similar feelings about "Casino Jack".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lobbying and Lingerie, 14 July 2012
This review is from: Casino Jack [DVD] (DVD)
The rise and fall of 'superlobbyist', Jack Abramoff. Enjoyable story of politics, corruption and revenge. (Memo to self: never leave your lover's panties lying around.) Some of the political and business shenanigans were hard to follow (for me). But Kevin Spacey was captivating throughout and carries the film as a kind of Ari Gold (Entourage) of lobbying. One of his best performances for a while I think. Great support acting from Jon Lovitz and Barry Pepper too. It's a dialogue-heavy, slightly theatrical drama and I think it is basically only interesting to those who like to read about American politics or American business scandals - Enron, (for example). All in all, though, a good film. Great clip at the end of the real Abramoff, more unshaven and sleazier looking than Spacey.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second-rate and stifled; even Spacey can't save it..., 5 Jun. 2014
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Casino Jack [DVD] (DVD)
Casino Jack has all the ingredients to be a winner. It’s got Kevin Spacey, ranting his socks off in an opening monologue of supreme self-justification. Barry Pepper puts in a solid turn as his wild-living, womanising sidekick – the kind of role Matthew McConnaghey would have been offered five years ago. The plot reveals the worst excesses of the rich and powerful – corporations bribing politicians via men like Casino jack, the lobbyists of Capitol Hill.

Except that somehow this all fell quite flat. It’s a sorta ‘so what?’ story. As if we didn’t know that donations to campaign funds weren’t made in return for votes, endorsements and smoothing the way through committee stages. And how could any aspect of the native American gaming situation be anything other than underhand manipulation of an impoverished people?
The subplot involving a mafia hitman and a string of casino cruise ships in Florida is played for laughs more than dramatic effect, and the Wolf of Wall Street does the whole corporate greed thing so much better. So instead we’re left with a solid performance from Spacey as the influential man who knows everyone and has a finger in every pie… but in the end who pushes his own myth too far until no one in the system will even take his calls and there’s absolutely no loyalty among lobbyists, it seems.

It’s an entertaining film, but a little rudderless and puzzling – not shocking, not funny, not sad. Based on a true story it may be – could’ve done with spicing up a little more to make it into something genuinely gripping.
6/10
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 84 Minutes that I'll never get back, 11 Mar. 2014
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Whilst there's nothing wrong with the performances in the film, the script lacks any real punch and the direction fails to set the screen alight. Spacey does a good job with the very poor materials that he's given. Ultimately very unsatisfactory and to be avoided.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 5 Mar. 2015
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I was a little disappointed with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casino Jack, 10 April 2015
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Better than expected....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with a political twist, 1 July 2014
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You nearly always get a good movie with Kevin Spacey and this was no exception. Wasn't one I had heard of until I saw the trailer with another movie. Based on true events I believe. The way politics seem to be done in the USA never ceases to amaze.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacey at his best, 28 Feb. 2013
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Can you go wrong with Kevin? Answer see the film. A quiet film with great performances, Barry Pepper brings his A game.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Speedy story line, 2 Jan. 2014
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It takes a while to build the story ( which is important to the plot) but then it races through to the finish.
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