The Cincinnati Kid (1965) - Drama

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An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-14
Reviews: 15 out of 103 found boring (14.56%)

One-line Reviews (64)

Thoroughly entertaining gambler's flick has Steve McQueen well-cast as stud-poker player involved in sweat-inducing winner-take-all poker tournament in New Orleans; Edward G.

Gambling films usually bore me...

The dialogue, the staredowns, and everything else at the table works so well that it never, ever gets boring.

Some commentators have complained that "The Cincinatti Kid" is slow, particularly during the scenes that don't feature poker.

A very engaging poker film (if you don't have to have every plot point driven home with an axe).

It may be a little clichéd and it may have borrowed its theme from 'The Hustler', but it's an engaging, interesting film.

They came across as surprisingly bland and colourless.

Cincinnati gets together in 30's New Orleans for big poker game with unexpected consequences .

the story could have some more flavor to it,it gets dull sometimes in between key scenes.

" Pretty much any of the poker programs on TV are more exciting to watch than the poker seen in this movie.

After a fine opening sequence where McQueen engineers a thrilling escape from gamblers he's bested, the movie fails to really lift again until the card-playing climax.

With a theme song sung by Ray Charles, this suspenseful motion picture is a royal flush of tough and realistic confrontation!

Pointless .

Additionally, we're supposed to believe that a fun-loving hottie in Melba would fall for and marry this strawberry-nosed, boring old guy.

An engaging, interesting film, with a fantastic cast .

No cop outs here, a film about egos, ambitions and personal satisfaction is gloriously laid out for a very enjoyable viewing experience.

Well, this one is proof to me that good actors and a good director can make an entertaining and captivating movie of almost everything.

This movie isn't boring, but it's nowhere near exciting or suspenseful either.

I highly recommend it.

Appropriate and evocative Art Direction by Edward C.

Bad acting of all the cast, pretentious dialog.

There's a couple of nice women's parts, kind of a coming of age for two young actresses who played virginal teenagers up to then, Tuesday Weld and Ann-Margret.

Cooler than thou movie star Steve McQueen is an engaging protagonist in this adaptation of the Richard Jessup novel, scripted by Ring Lardner, Jr. ("MASH") and Terry Southern.

Generally, good actors turn this movie from a waste of time into a fairly engaging experience.

"The Cincinnati Kid" offers only a glimpse of the loser's future, and a rather predictable one at that.

With the exception of the opening scene, THE CINCINNATI KID is devoid of any realism and while it aspires to be a meditation on how winning really isn't everything when you have no personal integrity, it's pretty empty-headed.

"The Cincinnati Kid" is a pretty entertaining movie.

Ther's also a sub-plot with TUESDAY WELD (McQueen's girlfriend--with phony Southern accent)and her friend ANN-MARGRET that's slow to develop.

It's tense and exciting, although the hands are statistically nearly impossible to appear in the same game.

Steve McQueen is understated yet compelling, while Joan Blondell hams it up in a highly entertaining fashion (I love how she keeps teasing Lancey Howard about his age).

Quite An Enjoyable Film.

Once the game commences, even those who know nothing about a good game of poker are firmly watching every frame, such is the intense way that Jewison has brought the finale together.

It's a bit too slow, for one thing, becoming more like a soap opera in parts and the movie drags for much too long.

Jeff Corey and Cab Calloway have quirky little roles as gamblers, but others -- Joan Blondell as washed-up female cardshark, Jack Weston as a greedy, overconfident gambler – are predictable and stereotypical.

Summing up: Since I admit that gambling films bore me, your taste will depend on whether you find this a film of more than routine interest or not.

I am a die hard McQueen fan, so I hate to criticize his films, but this movie's plot is so predictable that there were absolutely no surprises.

One of the most enjoyable films ever made .

The story is gripping, the cinematography classic, the setting authentic New Orleans back before the white community fled to the suburbs to escape integration, before the infrastructure collapsed from lack of tax revenue, oh, and before Katrina administered the coup d'grace.

While the story itself is fairly ordinary and predictable, the film's strengths are the rich, credible characterizations by its just right cast.

The opening scene is riveting.

A poker classic with suspense, realistic characters and a stunning cast .

Predictable; thus disappointing.

The opening scene of the parade and a later scene in a jazz bar were the two most enjoyable scenes in the movie for me.

Above all this is worth watching to see Steve MaQueen being Steve McQueen and for watching poker as it can be at its best on screen.

I don't find poker exciting at all, so the game itself didn't deliver any suspense, and to top it off its outcome was as predictable as they come.

One, some trivial romances and relationships that were, frankly, pretty uninteresting.

Even if dated now that texas hold'em has become the most popular form of poker worldwide, the poker scenes of "The Cincinnati Kid" are still riveting.

And the women, oh my god, two stunning young ladies are here in all their glory.

" This was sad, that such a pretty young woman would hang her star on a man who was going nowhere fast.

This is a very much worth watching movie.

Needless to say the cast is the really stunning cast.

A most enjoyable and satisfying motion picture!

I wouldn't call this a classic but must say that it's repeatedly entertaining _ long before the final poker game.

Jewison's film tries to make a formalist European film, like one of Melville's, say, in which character is subjected to disintegration and deconstruction; but he yokes it to predictable American 'virtues' of character, milieu, phoniness and narrative development.

Unrealistic but entertaining .

Entertaining but empty...

To most poker players, this hand was predictable, not exciting.

Particulairly on account of the visceral creativity that "Cincinnati Kid" casually manufactures, and comfortably sustains the movie audience with in a very entertaining state of suspense!!

e its final result you must see by yourself, but one may assure you that you will delight with such a film and acting, particularly of Robinson, who performed a perfect role of an opulent and self-sufficient poker player with a very educated language and manners, looking intelligently at his rivals, and playing always in an unpredictable way.

The plot is rather shallow but nevertheless the film is still entertaining.

Including this additional drama helps to round out the film into something entertaining and interesting for all viewers, whether they be poker fans or not.

He heads South to New Orleans, absorbing such Southern values as 1)Try to spend as much time as possible gambling, especially with money you don't have.

Poker is a fascinating game, and it therefore makes a great base for a film.

Robinson, who I thought looked as though he was bored with the entire project.