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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. Read critic reviews

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Convinced that his newfound friend (Ryan Reynolds) is a good-luck charm, a gambling addict (Ben Mendelsohn) takes the man on a road trip to a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans.

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  • It's a terrific film, but it came and went in cinemas before many people could discover it.

    November 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A loose, funky character study of two guys who can only frame their station as "can't win" and "can't lose," and can't really imagine a life that's anywhere in between.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This one defies easy expectations, right up to its strange (in a good way) ending. The blues soundtrack is excellent, too.

    December 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a sketch of a film, but more than workable as a vehicle for Mendelsohn at his delicate, tragicomic best.

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

    October 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.

    October 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • 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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