Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Russell Crowe Releases a New, Massive Flop Called “Poker Face” With Record 49 Producers, Popular Only in Russia


I think when I kept seeing the title, “Poker Face,” I thought it was in reference to the Lady Gaga song. It’s not.

Turns out, “Poker Face” is a movie directed by Oscar winner (for acting in “Gladiator”) Russell Crowe. He also wrote the screenplay. And it’s a huge bust.

“Poker Face” was released to VOD on November 22nd. Today it turned up at number 10 on the home viewing chart for last week.

The film, co-starring Crowe and Liam Hemsworth, has registered a frightening 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s 9, as in, NEIN. Very few critics liked it, and no one wanted it at home.

“Poker Face” did not get a theatrical release here. But abroad it did, making just $1.5 million. Most of its money was made in Russia– $1.2 million.

In the US, of the people who let this bomb into their living rooms, only 32% liked it enough to say so on Rotten Tomatoes.

What happened to Russell Crowe? He should have been a massive star after “Gladiator.” I’ve never understood his trajectory.

PS “Poker Face” has what I think maybe a record number of producer credits– forty nine! 49! Or forty-nein.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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