Rounders Reviews

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Dan Jardine
May 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 71/100
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 29, 2011
Although featuring a splendid Edward Norton performance, 'Rounders' comes across as too unbelievable, often straying beyond the bounds of rationality.
Jon Fortgang
March 25, 2008
John Dahl creates an intelligent and character-driven crime-drama built around solid performances by Damon and Norton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 25, 2008
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.
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Todd McCarthy
March 25, 2008
Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 25, 2008
This ode to the allure of clipping suckers and psyching out the competition is richly atmospheric but thin in the character department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
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.
Emanuel Levy
January 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 17, 2006
"Rounders" makes you feel the suspense and thrive in the thrill of the moment, always coming up aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's too bad with all of the poker action there wasn't enough time to establish the relationships between characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It's a likable movie and a solid follow up for Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bradley Null
October 31, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
October 5, 2004
[Provides] a lot of entertainment as well as some food for thought.
| Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 15, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
Takes you into a grungy underworld of high-stakes poker in New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
For every good thing about Rounders there is a flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 21, 2003
Too lightweight!
Full Review | Original Score: B
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