In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun.
Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous southern accent as the two both try and enter the game.
There's not much ill I can speak of this film. I finally got around to seeing it and it's everything it was purported to be. Charismatic, energetic, fun, funny, twists: the script has just about everything it needs. Gibson, Garner, and Foster, are all terrific, even if Foster can overdo the humor some of the time. Add into this some gorgeous scenery, expert cinematography, and wonderful period production work, it's the exact kind of tv-to-film remake Hollywood should make.
Hilarious, well acted, well directed, well written, great action, charming, highly entertaining, and highly underrated.
I liked this a lot when I saw this in 1994. I liked it less now, but it's still pretty charming. There is a lot of silliness. The Danny Glover cameo may have gone way over the top, going so far as to use the Lethal Weapon theme song. I wonder how that seen plays with people who haven't seen those movies and may be checking out Maverick for the first time... On second thought, I doubt anybody would be checking out Maverick for the first time, it seems like one of those movies that was good at the time but has been lost since (unless, like me, you remembered it from the first time you saw it in 1994).…
Very funny – if overall a bit slack – western comedy is pure entertainment. There is a great, intense climax, and a pleasing surprise at the end. Mel Gibson is a skilled, charming comedian.
Maverick is a wonderful comedy Western film based on the popular tv show. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, Maverick is a well acted, plotted and directed Comedy with style. A con man brings his tricks to a high stakes poker game. Along the way, Maverick will find himself in hot water as he tries to outrun unhappy losers, and gets involved in plenty of gun fights. Things go out of hand when the law gets involved. Maverick is a hilarious Western film. The film may not be as grand as the old epics of the 1960's, but this film is a totally different type of Western. The fact that it's different, makes it that much more interesting…
2.5 out of 5 (C+)
Silly & convoluted, but the three leads are extremely likable. There are many, many worse movies out there.
Wonderfully enveloped film brimming with surprises and some brief inoculations of bitter disappointment (for example, how well it handles complexity until it comes to ending the whole Riverboat gambling saga - too predictable for my taste). Gibson is suited in this role as in most that he undertakes - no fear of seeing a needless ploy for art, everything is fun and games, mostly fun. Jodie Foster, James Garner and James Coburn are all delicious satires of Western genre characters while Graham Greene, an actor as likable as Gibson himself, arises as the token Native American with the sense of goofiness and greed that creates a paradox as richly entertaining as the one which arises at the film's end: There's always a bigger fish. As usual, you put off the ones you have the most fun with - - or is it that they're the most fun because you put them off?
Mel Gibson captures some of the same magic James Garner did when he played Bret Maverick, but also made the character his own. It's a fun, sometimes silly, romp of a western. It has a great cast and nice blend of comedy and action. It's been awhile since I revisited it, but it still holds up.
Nothing award-winning here, but an enjoyably witty good old time can be had with a comedy-western the likes of which doesn't often show up these days. Everyone appears to be enjoying themselves.
One of my all time favorite comedies with great humor, wonderful, funny performances, ridiculous poker scene at the end and with loveliness that only Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster can bring to the screen. Entertaining and thrilling as hell. :)