Mississippi Grind

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Well-acted and steeped in Southern atmosphere, Mississippi Grind is a road movie and addiction drama that transcends each of its well-worn genres.

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Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis. Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip's highs and lows unveil the duo's true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them.

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Critic Reviews for Mississippi Grind

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (11)

  • It's a sketch of a film, but more than workable as a vehicle for Mendelsohn at his delicate, tragicomic best.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Mendelsohn seems at ease on the razor's edge that divides the radiant from the wretched.

    Oct 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • From its unshowy script on down, Mississippi Grind is content to rumble along as a character piece, keeping its storytelling loose and unpredictable, like a repeat flick of the dice.

    Oct 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mississippi Grind is a rarity: an American movie about gambling that actually acknowledges that when you stay up all night in a badly lit room, your skin is likely to become very clammy and blotchy.

    Oct 23, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film earns major points for giving Ben Mendelsohn a proper, meaty character to tussle with, no longer psychotic second banana or madballs deus ex machina.

    Oct 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A flimsy road movie about two mismatched gamblers.

    Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Mississippi Grind

  • Oct 03, 2016
    Loose, slightly strange gambling film that effectively conveys addiction and the misery that permeates from it. Great performances from the leads.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    Atmospheric, dialogue rich, and authentically heartfelt-Mississippi Grind proves to be a hidden gem in the road film and gambling genre, offering interesting character insights, terrific performances and a nuanced approach to storytelling that doesn't spoonfeed the audience, rather unfolds as the characters are so apt to do themselves. It's low-key ending may be off-putting to some, but in the end its themes become accentuated in a way true of its main characters, played beautifully by Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn-in what undoubtedly will prove to be his best performance yet.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn lead the cast in the indie character drama Mississippi Grind. The story follows two compulsive gamblers named Gerry and Curtis who team up for a road trip through Mississippi, hitting various casinos and racetracks. Reynolds and Mendelsohn have good chemistry together and give strong performances. However, the plot is rather thin and doesn't really flesh out the characters. Yet the film is quite engaging when Gerry and Curtis are caught up in gambling fever; winning, losing, risking everything, and looking for signs. It's a bit uneven and has some storytelling issues, but overall Mississippi Grind is a pretty entertaining ride.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2016
    Nice little flick about addiction. Maybe some of my friends should check it out
    Spencer M Super Reviewer

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