Runner Runner 2013

Runner Runner

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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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Believing that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake) goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Block's promises of immense wealth and power have a seductive effect on Richie, until he learns the shocking truth about his new mentor. When Richie is coerced by the FBI to help bring Block to justice, he faces the biggest gamble of his life: outmaneuvering the two forces closing in on him.

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Critic Reviews for Runner Runner

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (110)

  • 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 | Rating: 1/4
  • The mannered speech is fun, the players are charismatic, and director Brad Furman maintains an agreeably brisk pace.

    October 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It looks like everybody's lying, and that's only because the acting is pretty bad.

    October 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie mostly wants to look timely and seem topical. Instead, it feels irrelevant.

    October 4, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Just when it seems like the writing can't get any lazier, Richie fills in the narrative blanks via a voice-over that squeezes in every gambling metaphor this side of Las Vegas

    October 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Runner Runner

  • Aug 24, 2017
    Nothing wrong with the acting, directing or cinematography per se, but the story is just very very mundane and uninteresting. Whoever came up with the idea of telling a story in the online gaming milieu must have really loved it, because everyone else will just react with a gigantic shrug. You can't even cheer for the hero or hate the bad guy, that's how indifferent all that makes you feel.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2014
    The plot is indeed predictable and not one bit remarkable for that matter, but even so this is a somewhat decent (and well-edited) thriller that benefits a lot from some good performances - which hold us in our seats as we see it unveil like a fine poker game.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Runner Runner is a thrown together gambling caper that feels more like a soap opera for wanna-be gangsters who come off more like geeks and nerds with all the computer gambling talk than actual cut-throat offenders. I'm a big Timberlake fan both for his abilities to act and sing. It's just disappointing to see him saddled with this dialogue. There's nothing really intriguing about his character, and the concept of wanting to gamble to get his tuition just doesn't strike the kind of chord of someone who's desperate enough to get caught in this kind of trap. Ben Affleck felt like he was acting off the script, and he probably made his performance more enjoyable than if he stuck to it. The beautiful Gemma Arterton was completely mishandled as a stereotypical side-babe for the boss. It's difficult to say this could have been better with a better script, but I was never on board with it from the beginning.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2014
    The film was disappointing. It reminded me of movies like Wall Street, Boiler Room, 21, Paranoia, and Rounders. It is the same type of story of a young guy getting swept in to a world that is too good to be true, by a mentor with malicious intentions. They didn't bring anything new to that type of story here. Very predictable. Ben Affleck is one of the best reasons to watch the film. He is great playing the villain in the film. I would love to see him do more villain roles. His character reminded me of Kevin Spacey's character in 21 and Michael Douglas's character in Wall Street. Justin Timberlake was miscast here. He was better in the Social Network. Emile Hircsh or Andrew Garfield would have done better in that role. Gemma Arteron is good in her role but has a little chemistry with Timberlake. Her character reminded me of Daryl Hannah's character in Wall Street. Anthony Mackie was ok here. I could have seen Don Cheadle play that same role. If you wanted to watch this film, then I would say, check it out, only for Ben Affleck's performance.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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