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Runner Runner Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 11, 2013
The actors hit the jackpot, but only in terms of their paychecks. The audience gets a tension-free, tight-assed, Casino ripoff that leaves them thoroughly fleeced.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2013
The mannered speech is fun, the players are charismatic, and director Brad Furman maintains an agreeably brisk pace.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
October 4, 2013
It looks like everybody's lying, and that's only because the acting is pretty bad.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 4, 2013
The movie mostly wants to look timely and seem topical. Instead, it feels irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 4, 2013
Various subplots are given short shrift and the whole thing feels more like a Cliff's Notes version of a longer piece than an actual finished motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
October 4, 2013
Just when it seems like the writing can't get any lazier, Richie fills in the narrative blanks via a voice-over that squeezes in every gambling metaphor this side of Las Vegas
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 4, 2013
You want the movie to get outrageous, but it's too dignified to go there. Much like its central villain, it can't decide what it wants to be.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 4, 2013
Takes us inside the world of Internet gambling which proves every bit as fascinating as you'd imagine, by which I mean, not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 4, 2013
He's back! Behold, the second coming of . . . Badfleck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dan Callahan
RogerEbert.com
October 4, 2013
"Runner Runner" is the kind of meat-and-potatoes genre picture that might be passable if the people involved in making it had given the same thought and concentration to the development of the plot and the ending as they did to the fairly involving set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 4, 2013
You see "Runner Runner's" hand before it's played, and there's nothing to keep you playing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 4, 2013
The film will make a decent rental in a few months time. But to lay down good money now, to see it in a theater? That's a chump's move.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
October 3, 2013
After an intriguing setup, Runner Runner devolves into a by-the-books thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2013
"Runner Runner" is less than mediocre, but it's not repellent, which means that to watch it is to root for it - and to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
Even with Affleck doing his Rat Pack best, by the end of "Runner Runner," the chill is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 3, 2013
"Runner Runner" is a bummer. Bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 3, 2013
Runner Runner is a run-of-the-mill rise-and-fall story, treating its hero to fabulous, exotic luxury before tugging the rug out from under him.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
October 3, 2013
The movie is like a set-up to a set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 3, 2013
It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday's after-shave.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 3, 2013
Even with its glossy Costa Rican setting, Runner Runner is a vacant excursion with plot holes the size of a small Caribbean island.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 3, 2013
Here is a film in which a man is covered in chicken fat and thrown into a pit of crocodiles, and you still can barely keep your eyes open.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 3, 2013
Even when you have no clue what they're talking about, you know exactly where the movie's going and can pretty much tell from your watch how and when they'll get there.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2013
It's not that "Runner Runner" is predictable. It's that you don't care, either about the characters or what happens to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 3, 2013
Do Affleck and Timberlake, who together should have enough cash to make Midas jealous, need a payday this badly? That's the only real mystery at the heart of Runner Runner, a dull, slow-jog of a thriller that's less whodunit than why bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2013
Feels like it could drag on forever, and drag us down into a purgatory of stupefaction with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 3, 2013
It is oxymoronically a thriller that fails to live up to the genre, playing it safe from start to finish with an insipid hero, a pedestrian plot and a conclusion that is as predictable as the phases of the moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2013
Be aware, poker fans. "Runner Runner" is bluffing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 3, 2013
Could have been a legitimately great film, instead we're left with the trappings of one, with mere opulence substituted for substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 2, 2013
Provides the world with very little except some great clips for Ben Affleck's eventual Golden Globe Life Achievement reel.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
September 25, 2013
Despite [its] stacked deck of a cast, "Runner Runner" adds up to little more than a charmless, paint-by-numbers thriller ...
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2013
An uncompelling, sketchy telling of an intriguing crime story.