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Runner Runner (2013)

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9

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 103

It has an impressive cast and an intriguing premise, but Runner Runner wastes them on a bland, haphazardly assembled thriller with very little payoff.

4

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

It has an impressive cast and an intriguing premise, but Runner Runner wastes them on a bland, haphazardly assembled thriller with very little payoff.

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34

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 42,136

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Movie Info

Richie, a Princeton college student who pays for school with on-line gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind, Ivan, whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When the stakes get incredibly high and dangerous, and Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Jan 7, 2014

$19.3M

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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (103)

The actors hit the jackpot, but only in terms of their paychecks. The audience gets a tension-free, tight-assed, Casino ripoff that leaves them thoroughly fleeced.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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The mannered speech is fun, the players are charismatic, and director Brad Furman maintains an agreeably brisk pace.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It looks like everybody's lying, and that's only because the acting is pretty bad.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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The movie mostly wants to look timely and seem topical. Instead, it feels irrelevant.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Various subplots are given short shrift and the whole thing feels more like a Cliff's Notes version of a longer piece than an actual finished motion picture.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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You want the movie to get outrageous, but it's too dignified to go there. Much like its central villain, it can't decide what it wants to be.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Ultimately, Runner Runner is really just a movie designed to provide some background noise as you update your Facebook.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Mixes the vacuous and tedious, slick and predictable, smarmy and smug. There's gambling lingo, racism or sleaziness spouting from the mouths of male a**holes, conversations steaming with banal bluster, and tropical scenes out of perfume and liqueur ads.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A bland retelling of a familiar story that lies in the shadow of smarter and sleeker films like 'The Firm.'

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

...it's ultimately impossible to downplay the rampant ineffectiveness of virtually every aspect of the proceedings.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Its pedigree may seem like a trump card, but make no mistake -- Runner Runner is bluffing.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Five years from now, I can see this movie constantly slotted on networks like USA and TNT to fill the programming gaps.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Justin Timberlake can not carry a movie on his own and this one sinks under his efforts. Still the plot of the movie is pretty much run of the mill in its own right

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, but it's so glossily mediocre that it's impossible to recommend to anyone not contemplating a lengthy plane journey.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Stars Justin Timberlake, the perfect vanilla pseudoadult for a story of pseudoadult intrigues and pleasures.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Runner Runner gives both [Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck] room to show what they can do, and rather than pump up the volume, they play it close to the vest, as good gamblers would.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Director Furman and cinematographer Mauro Fiore make lovely work of the tropical light, but the film has none of the loose-limbed energy of Furman's stealth hit, The Lincoln Lawyer.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This lurid and choppy morality tale is a pale copy of those Ben Mezrich books about Ivy League guys who get in over their heads by gambling.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Will Richie regain his moral compass? Can our young turk turn the tables on his scheming mentor? If you're hoping for a surprise answer to any of these questions, then you are watching the wrong movie.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The eye rolls are plentiful during this far-fetched thriller that provides little insight into corruption in the high-stakes world of online gambling.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

No reason to run run to see Runner Runner.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

Unremarkable Internet gambling thriller, where every move made is a losing one.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Runner Runner feels like a movie you've seen a hundred times on cable, and hearkens back to numerous, thoroughly average, mid-budgeted dramatic thrillers of the mid-'90s that will fill programming slots on late night forever.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Audience Reviews for Runner Runner

If they gave an award for Worst Movie Trailer for the year, I'm sure this would win it. I remember seeing it and just being like "man that is a horrible trailer, the movie can't possible be that bad", and it actually is. Justin Timberlake plays a Princeton student who loves to gamble and plays online poker to pay his tuition. When he is cheated on a big game and loses everything he decides to go to Costa Rica and confront the man behind the website, Ivan Block(Ben Affleck). So he confronts him and Affleck gives him a refund and offers him a 7 figure job right there on the spot. Yup, just like that. Timberlake then finds out the Block is a bad guy to do business with as the F.B.I is after him. First, the performances are horrible! I like Timberlake and Affleck, but they are so miscast here it's laughable. This is the worst Timberlake has been in a movie yet, and Affleck is the most unconvincing mobster I may have ever seen. There were a couple times in this they had a chance to go further and save the movie, but they hold back. Really makes the movie feel like it is lacking the balls needs for a mobster flick. It's dumb, pointless, and a waste of time. Just skip it and watch "Rounders" instead, now there is a good gambling movie.
December 23, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Good movie and interesting plot. Justin needs money for his Masters degree at Princeton. He uses an online casino but loses his money. He realises he has been cheated out of his money. He goes to Costa Rica to confront the casino tycoon Ben. Who offers him a job. Movie produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
October 6, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Ritchie: Why 'The House'?
Ivan: Because The House always wins.

Runner Runner is the kind of trashy B-movie that doesn't aspires to build a whole lot of expectation for the viewer. It simply wants to be seen as watchable. The film is harmless in what it presents, but it is a shame that no one really seems to care how effective this film turned out overall. It has a mix of good actors and good-looking locations, but the screenplay is so bland and paint-by-numbers that the sense of urgency in a film that literally has people hounded by crocodiles feels completely missing. There is an interesting idea to explore in the world of online gambling and how they are run by offshore companies, but Runner Runner fails to find it.

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October 5, 2013
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

Play. Or be played.

Great Movie!!! I'm proud to say I was part of this movie, I was an extra and i'm shown on camera on 2 scenes during the underground casino basement parts. I very much enjoy this film not only because I was part of it but because the movie is just cool to watch and intriguing based on true events. It was film in my home country of Puerto Rico (not Costa Rica) which is a beautiful island full of beautiful people. "Runner Runner" shows a life of excess in an exotic paradise, which captivates the student crippled by university fees. From beautiful scenery to hedonistic lifestyle, there is simply everything the young man can imagine. Soon afterwards, he discovers that his job is not as sweet as he thought it was, and he had to get himself out of the terrible mess. With Ben Affleck the Oscar winner, and Justin Timberlake the heartthrob, "Runner Runner" has a winning formula. The script is tight and full of surprises, I enjoyed the ride through the exotic paradise and the dark underworld of the corrupt corporation.

Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
October 3, 2013
MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

    1. Ivan Block: What did you expect me to do, Richie? Walk into my party, accuse me of cheating in front of all my friends. I can't let that go by. That's the problem with your generation. You guys sat around with your vintage T-shirts and your participation medal, and you never did anything.
    – Submitted by Peter A (3 months ago)
    1. Ivan Block: That little voice in the back of your head right now, it's not conscience, it's fear.
    – Submitted by Immanuel A (5 months ago)
    1. Richie: I'll be happy to tell my boss that you are not happy.
    – Submitted by Indra D (9 months ago)
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