Rounders 1998

Critics score:
65 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Tom Long, Detroit News: A sure bet! Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Mischievously entertaining! Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Martin Landau, and Famke Janssen costar; they're all pretty good, but not good enough to make this 1998 feature worth seeing. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Though Damon is an actor who's flatly impossible not to root for, the longer this film lasts the less patience we have to stay with him. Read more

Paul Tatara, Rounders' script is pretty shabby going. Well, not shabby, really, just simplistic. Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Though it's a good-looking flick with some smart acting and a few flashy runs, it barely breaks even dramatically, and feels, overall, like a good chance wasted. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Rounders is not breakthrough material, but it makes for an entertaining evening out. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Rounders cheerfully buys into compulsive gambling! Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, According to director John Dahl's Rounders, professional poker players are very, very interesting people -- for about five minutes. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: No energy! Read more

Trevor Johnston, Time Out: The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: A disappointing mediocrity. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: The wholesome pup's poker face alone, however, hardly accounts for the film's failure to thrill. Damon's character doesn't really have that much stake in the story's outcome. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: It's a movie of character and milieu, both of which it evokes brilliantly. Read more