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VODetails: 'Holy Rollers'

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire March 8, 2012 at 5:43PM

They may not be devout, but they sure know how to count.
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"Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians"
United Films "Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians"
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar.  This time we're looking at "Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians," a documentary that looks at how a group of devout blackjack players try to make millions at various casinos.

Director: Bryan Storkel

Cast: Ben Crawford, Colin Jones

Official Synopsis: "'Holy Rollers' follows the rise of the Church Team, arguably the largest and most well funded blackjack team in America. No one expected a group of Christians to be in the business of card-counting. In their short existence, they take millions from casinos. Inspite of the team's phenomenal success, many team members deal with the personal conflict of how to be a Christian and count cards for a living. Then the team's winnings decrease drastically and questions start being raised as to whether someone might be stealing. Is it possible? Of course. But do they trust their teammates? Absolutely. Maybe."

Trailer:

Reviews:

Eric KohnIndiewire:

"Whether or not they win becomes secondary to the evaluation of why they even try."

Kevin JagernauthThe Playlist:

"'Holy Rollers' presents a world that you're not likely to see any place else, and it's definitely worth a roll of the dice for your time."

Mark Bell, FilmThreat:

"If you’re looking for a documentary about a bunch of devout Christians who entirely justify their card counting behavior via their religion, you’re going to be disappointed."

Basil Tsiokos, What Not to Doc:

"And incongruous it is – reconciling gambling for a living with the strictures of their faith is something that is addressed and readdressed throughout Storkel’s engaging, fast-paced film."

Matt Fagerholm, HollywoodChicago:

"[Storkel's] evenhanded approach results in a picture that could be interpreted by some as a recruitment video and by others as a cautionary tale."

"Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians" is now available on VOD and iTunes.

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