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on February 6, 2017
To this avid pool player, Turn the River was like a dry break: Lots of anticipation but ultimately unsatisfying. Table action was weak and unconvincing and there wasn't nearly enough of it. I give credit to Famke, she obviously took some instruction, but whomever consulted with her didn't take it far enough for her to appear like an actual player. If anything, this film gave me more respect for Tom Cruise in Color of Money. He was still shaky, but close enough to suspend belief. (What I wouldn't give for another Jackie Gleason!)

The film makers were brave to try to bring one-pocket to the screen. For anyone unfamiliar with one-pocket, think chess on a pool table. It's often slow and arduous. Unlike rotation games such as 9-ball, one-pocket is nearly 100% strategy and a single game often takes 30 minutes or longer. Also unlike 9-ball, good one-pocket play is subtle with minimal movement. It doesn't translate well to film. That said, watching a one-pocket match on Youtube between two pros is incredible and I highly suggest checking it out.

The story was mediocre and in spite of how much I enjoy Famke Janssen and Rip Torn they were unable to rescue the film.

Incidentally, the next time someone decides to make a film involving pool, they really need to talk to CSI (Cue Sports International) or the POVPOOL guys on Youtube before shooting. Those folks know all the right angles to put a pool table on screen.
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on April 8, 2009
This is one of best low-key movies I've seen. Usually movies like this become a sentimental wreck, but Famke Janssen is just too cool for school. Any other actress and I would not have even watched this movie. Her performance, along with the music, mood, and setting, provide a feast of atmosphere. I completely sympathize with those who don't like this kind of film. All I can say is that, in this particular case, all those reasons many will not like it are probably the same reasons that I happen to love it.

Any who saw Famke Janssen on the atrocious "Nip/Tuck" will find the POLAR OPPOSITE of Ava Moore in Kailey Sullivan.
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on May 29, 2017
Great character development. I disliked the ending greatly.
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on February 12, 2014
i bought this dvd because i like movies that have pool as a theme ... the story was entertaining and rip torn and jannsen did a great job with their characters . this film was different in that it showcased one pocket pool , which most recreational players are not familiar with .. however , i don't think the film consistently showed the game being played correctly . janssen was pocketing balls in two different pockets when the game demands pocketing the balls in only one designated pocket ..
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on July 16, 2014
This is not a high budget movie, but if you like Famke Janssen (and what's not to like), you will enjoy this picture. Rip Torn lent some strength to the story, and the ending is not the best, but if you like Famke you will definitely like this movie. Three stars for the movie, but five stars for Famke.
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on January 17, 2016
Sucks. Pool junkies will be dissatisfied. My husband is blocked from picking out movies anymore because he stuck out with this one. So 8OT its just a waste of time.
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on March 12, 2013
The single redeeming feature of this movie was the presence of Famke Janssen. Other than that, the story was slow, plodding, and in many respects completely unbelievable. Add to that a cast of unlikable characters and a truly preposterous ending, and you find yourself relieved when the final credits start rolling.
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on October 19, 2017
Loved it. My favorite movie with her in it. She's just amazing in it.
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on January 25, 2017
I been waiting forever for this movie on Blu
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on February 14, 2016
Just awful.. Famke Jansen is stunning but the movie doesn't represent anything that happens in a pool hall well.
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