Rounders

65%

of critics liked it

88%

of users liked it

In theaters Sep 11, 1998
R, 2 hr.

Movie Info

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of New York's high-stakes underground poker world. Mike McDermott, a master card player who trades the poker playing rounds for law school and a shot at a new life with his girlfriend. For Mike, the new life he is staking out seems to be a legitimate road to success, but it is short on thrills and excitement of backroom poker games. When his friend is released from prison, Mike is faced with the high-stakes dilemma of his life.
Director: John Dahl
Rated: R
Running Time: 2 hr.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Sep 11, 1998
DVD Release: Jul 03, 2001

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Critic Reviews

Consensus: Richly atmospheric and colorful performances contributed to the movie's entertainment value.
  • 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. More...
  • Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack. More...
  • 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. More...
  • The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable. More...
  • Though it's a good-looking flick with some smart acting and a few flashy runs, it barely breaks even dramatically, and feels, overall, like a good chance wasted. More...
  • In fighting to show the psychological complexities in Mike that the script ignores, Damon plays it like a rounder instead of a grinder. This kid still has surprises up his sleeve. More...
  • Though Damon is an actor who's flatly impossible not to root for, the longer this film lasts the less patience we have to stay with him. More...
  • A disappointing mediocrity. More...
  • Mischievously entertaining! More...
  • According to director John Dahl's Rounders, professional poker players are very, very interesting people -- for about five minutes. More...