Mississippi Grind (2015)


Critic Consensus: 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 (115) | Top Critics (28)

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…

It is a watchable if faintly baffling movie, never anything other than well acted, conspicuously without allegiance to any conventional three-act screenplay structure.

Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The actors flaunt craft, the script lays on the folksiness with a trowel, and scenes of local color seem to come straight from a guidebook.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

It's as if the Scarecrow and the Tin Man got lost and wandered down the Mississippi River, drinking and gambling and stumbling into and out of various troubles, not worrying about their brains or their hearts, just wishing for a little bit of luck.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is a snapshot collage of flyover America, but also, perhaps, an homage to the soon-to-be-lost world of brick-and-mortar gambling.

Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4

Even as a road movie this is pretty bland.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mississippi Grind

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 Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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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 Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Nice little flick about addiction. Maybe some of my friends should check it out

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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A road movie involving an addicted gambler and ... his good luck charm, his muse, eh? Mendelsohn does a great addict (and a pretty good American accent from this Aussie)(also seen in Slow West) hoping for one redemptive turn at the tables. Reynolds is, for once, less asshole than in other efforts, Deadpool maybe sucking some of that poison out of him, and so more approachable. Their chemistry makes the trip down to New Orleans enjoyable, although it ends as does other "gonna-make-one-last-big-score" efforts. Pretty damn good.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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