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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.
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.
Rounders' script is pretty shabby going. Well, not shabby, really, just simplistic.
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.
Rounders is not breakthrough material, but it makes for an entertaining evening out.
According to director John Dahl's Rounders, professional poker players are very, very interesting people -- for about five minutes.
The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.
Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.
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.