We gave it a B-
Jeremy Piven is Buddy Aces, a Vegas magician-mobster with a contract on his head. Ryan Reynolds is an FBI agent who must keep him alive. And their costars are other characters you won’t care much about in writer-director Joe Carnahan’s kinetic but trite action-comedy, Smokin’ Aces.
EXTRAS Carnahan (Narc) is so enthusiastic in a making-of featurette that you wish his efforts had been in a better cause. Two commentaries find him ruminating on, among other things, the fact that Ben Affleck ”can’t hit a goddamn pool ball to save his life.” B-