• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Dahl
    In Theaters:
    Sep 11, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 3, 2001
  • Miramax
  • Rounders
    2 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: Apr 26, 2007


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Rounders Reviews

Page 1 of 5
Dan Jardine

John Dahl's film is not as sinister or complex as its cinematic cousin, House of Games, but it is fun to see these young Hollywood studs (Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol) strut their stuff.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 71/100

May 3, 2013
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Although featuring a splendid Edward Norton performance, 'Rounders' comes across as too unbelievable, often straying beyond the bounds of rationality.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 29, 2011
Jon Fortgang

John Dahl creates an intelligent and character-driven crime-drama built around solid performances by Damon and Norton.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 25, 2008
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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The wholesome pup's poker face alone, however, hardly accounts for the film's failure to thrill. Damon's character doesn't really have that much stake in the story's outcome.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 25, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 25, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This ode to the allure of clipping suckers and psyching out the competition is richly atmospheric but thin in the character department.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Martin Landau, and Famke Janssen costar; they're all pretty good, but not good enough to make this 1998 feature worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 25, 2008
Emanuel Levy

In his first non-noir film, John Dahl, assisted by the great French lenser Jean-Yves Escoffier, gives New York's underground gambling scene a vivid atmopshere, with special attention to its particular rituals and fast macho talk.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

January 14, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Rounders" makes you feel the suspense and thrive in the thrill of the moment, always coming up aces.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

December 17, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Other directors simply pay homage to film noir and their movies come across as copies or throwbacks, but Dahl's movies work because he seems to understand the inner workings of film noir, and the absurd situations that people can get into.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

It's too bad with all of the poker action there wasn't enough time to establish the relationships between characters.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's a likable movie and a solid follow up for Damon.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Bradley Null

The fact that I was so motivated by the movie to put all that money on the table speaks positively of the picture.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2004
Dragan Antulov

[Provides] a lot of entertainment as well as some food for thought.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

October 5, 2004
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The "good buddy, bad buddy" symmetry harkens back to the days of James Cagney-Pat O'Brien pictures, but this is stylish enough to make us forgive the narrative conventions.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Takes you into a grungy underworld of high-stakes poker in New York City.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

For every good thing about Rounders there is a flaw.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

May 22, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Damon proves once again that he's not just a face, and he does wonders with his inner and outer conflicts. Norton is wickedly sleazy as a barely-in-control low life who will undoubtedly end up back in the slammer.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too lightweight!

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 21, 2003
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