Second Time Around (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Second Time Around (2001)



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A tragic trip to Las Vegas paves the path to a murderous mystery, and now it's up to one determined man to find out why his friend is dead in the one thriller that exposes the grit beneath America's most glamorous playground. Ren had withdrawn his entire life savings, and now it's time to try his luck in Las Vegas with his best friend Sing in tow. After foolishly challenging the most respected card shark in town, Ren is devastated to find that everything he ever own has been wiped out in one flash of the cards. When Ren's car crashes on the road back to Los Angeles and Sing is killed, a message left on his answering machine offers an ominous warning not to return to the flashy desert oasis. Now determined to find out just why his innocent friend had to die, Ren ignores the message and returns to Vegas to settle the score with the man responsible for Sing's death.
Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Oliver Tan
as Paul
Johnny Koo
as Bobby
Glen Pon
as David
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Critic Reviews for Second Time Around

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

Tell yourself it's OK to be jealous. Go ahead and mock poor Alberto.

April 11, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

[Javier Bardem is] one of the few reasons to watch the film, which director Gerardo Vera has drenched in swoony music and fever-pitched melodrama.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Extremely well acted by the four primary actors, this is a seriously intended movie that is not easily forgotten.

Full Review… | February 7, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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With the film's striking ending, one realizes that we have a long way to go before we fully understand all the sexual permutations involved.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

The sort of picture in which, whenever one of the characters has some serious soul searching to do, they go to a picture-perfect beach during sunset.

December 19, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A Lifetime movie about men.

December 14, 2001
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Second Time Around


Although the whole production looks cheap & strange, plus the story twisting looks messy & confusing, it is still one kinda thrilling piece.


A romantic time travel movie that gets a little messy and cheap at times. Ekin plays the title role as a gambler who loses it all but thanks to some mysterious stones gets sent back in time. Once he realizes he is back to 2 days ago before the big Vegas trip he can try to fix everything including returning the money, saving his best friend's life, revenge on the ex-gf, and falling in love with Cheung. The film doesn't dwell too much into the time travel aspect, it's just a plot device to advance the story and draw the characters together, so I wouldn't call this a "sci-fi fantasy" really like the summary above. Not too bad as Ekin plays the typical loner anti-hero but the falling for Cheung comes slowly and in a well thought out manner. A dabbling of gambling action which comes at the end makes for a nice culmination of the movie. Nothing special but okay to pass the time.

Zachary Long
Zachary Long

This is a strange mix of genres that you do sometimes see a lot of in Hong Kong films. It's partly a romantic comedy, but also more serious than that as well. The end and beginning are fairly serious, the middle is extremely funny in spots, almost slapstick. This movie is entertaining enough to keep your interest with a nice mix of action, drama, romance, and a bit of science fiction.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

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