Runner Runner

2013

Runner Runner

Critics Consensus

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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Richie, a Princeton college student who pays for school with on-line gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind, Ivan, whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When the stakes get incredibly high and dangerous, and Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.

Cast

Justin Timberlake
as Richie Furst
Gemma Arterton
as Rebecca Shafran
Ben Affleck
as Ivan Block
Anthony Mackie
as FBI Special Agent Shavers
Oliver Cooper
as Andrew Cronin
Michael Esper
as Billy 'Pet' Petricoff
David Costabile
as Professor Horstein
John Heard
as Harry Furst
James Molina
as Esteban
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Critic Reviews for Runner Runner

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

  • Runner Runner is a slick, daft and unabashedly entertaining Hollywood thriller. It doesn't do anything new with the formula, but it knows how to engineer it in the correct way.

    March 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Adam Lowes

    CineVue
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  • Runner Runner looks great and has the virtue of moving quickly under Brian Furman's direction, but it plays like a big-budget but otherwise average episode of a TV show about slightly shady people trying to bring down really shady people.

    January 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • While the script seems very concerned with the formula, it glosses over the details. Everything in the film happens very easily, from losing money to getting close to the highly-protected Block to organizing a counter plan.

    October 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • No matter how good all this looks, there's not enough tension to keep us on our toes and not enough depth of character to make us care how it all plays out.

    September 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The leads, including a demeaned Gemma Arterton, are sparkling high-rollers but no one really emerges a winner from this forgettable low-risk, low-stakes drama.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There may have been a good movie somewhere in Runner Runner but it's not even in sight as it stands nows.

    June 22, 2016 | Rating: C- | 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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