Mississippi Grind Reviews

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May 3, 2016
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.
March 24, 2016
... a meandering road movie through the byways of American characters who populate the card rooms and dice tables and racetracks, and an oddball buddy movie built on a chance encounter and an instant kinship between two losers gambling their lives away.
March 13, 2016
Mendelsohn and Reynolds keep us enthralled, waiting to see what the next turn of the cards will reveal.
March 2, 2016
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn floating down the Mississippi River to gamble and have fun. Should be entertaining, right? Well, it's more a grind than any kind of entertainment.
February 25, 2016
Mississippi Grind provides a venerable acting showcase to a pair of under-appreciated actors, but could have used more impetus in its execution.
January 9, 2016
Its lead double-act and almost-pointed pointlessness are enough to nudge it over the line. There's a faintly raffish charm to most shuffling-along scenes here. In the end, though, the story bobbles.
January 8, 2016
It's a better bet than most recent gambling films.
January 1, 2016
Definitely worth a watch, if only for the stellar performances of the two leads and an incredible deep southern blues soundtrack.
December 29, 2015
The script has flushes of comedy and humour, and the actors' winning on-screen chemistry harks back to a bygone era of Hollywood buddy movies.
December 15, 2015
Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden deal us into the dramatic hand and dare us to make an emotional bet on a total deuce.
December 11, 2015
This one defies easy expectations, right up to its strange (in a good way) ending. The blues soundtrack is excellent, too.
December 10, 2015
All good films about gambling are, in essence, anti-gambling films and this one is a cracker.
December 8, 2015
A seamless blend of buddy movie, gambling movie and road movie, Mississippi Grind delivers two terrific central performances from Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry and Ryan Reynolds as Curtis, two losers - with optimism
November 24, 2015
As the story snakes south through the United States along the Mississippi River, this movie builds up a bleak, mopey vibe that's difficult to engage with.
November 23, 2015
As a character-driven narrative, the plot unfolds effortlessly while the film's focus remains trained on the two protagonists.
November 4, 2015
Mendelsohn ought to be an Oscar contender for the shades of desperation, vulnerability and queasy hopefulness that shuffle across his weary features like the shadows of cards falling from a marked deck.
October 30, 2015
A casually mournful, beautifully made road movie that is perhaps best described as the picture that Robert Altman didn't live to make.
October 29, 2015
Boasting two excellent performances from Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds, the film functions as both a richly absorbing road movie and a gripping addiction drama that places its biggest emphasis on character.
October 26, 2015
A movie for anyone who feels like a passenger in their own life.
October 25, 2015
The film doesn't sell out its characters. Instead it rewards them - and us - with arcs that refuse to end where you expect them to.
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