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Rounders Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
Variety
March 25, 2008
Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.
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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.
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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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Norton's acting and Dahl's gift for sustaining a tone save Rounders from completely floundering.
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A disappointing mediocrity.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Mischievously entertaining!
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
According to director John Dahl's Rounders, professional poker players are very, very interesting people -- for about five minutes.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a movie of character and milieu, both of which it evokes brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A sure bet!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
No energy!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Rounders cheerfully buys into compulsive gambling!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
Rounders' script is pretty shabby going. Well, not shabby, really, just simplistic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Rounders is not breakthrough material, but it makes for an entertaining evening out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
A promising cast can't rescue a script without surprises!
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Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Damon, Norton are game, but Rounders script a letdown.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: B