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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie mostly wants to look timely and seem topical. Instead, it feels irrelevant."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Ultimately, Runner Runner is really just a movie designed to provide some background noise as you update your Facebook."
‑ Lee Zachariah, Concrete Playground
"'s ultimately impossible to downplay the rampant ineffectiveness of virtually every aspect of the proceedings."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Justin Timberlake can not carry a movie on his own and this one sinks under his efforts. Still the plot of the movie is pretty much run of the mill in its own right"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"The mannered speech is fun, the players are charismatic, and director Brad Furman maintains an agreeably brisk pace."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Mixes the vacuous and tedious, slick and predictable, smarmy and smug. There's gambling lingo, racism or sleaziness spouting from the mouths of male a**holes, conversations steaming with banal bluster, and tropical scenes out of perfume and liqueur ads."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Its pedigree may seem like a trump card, but make no mistake -- Runner Runner is bluffing."
‑ Tyler Chase, Paste Magazine
"There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, but it's so glossily mediocre that it's impossible to recommend to anyone not contemplating a lengthy plane journey."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"It looks like everybody's lying, and that's only because the acting is pretty bad."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A bland retelling of a familiar story that lies in the shadow of smarter and sleeker films like 'The Firm.'"
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Five years from now, I can see this movie constantly slotted on networks like USA and TNT to fill the programming gaps."
‑ Robert Kojder, What Culture
"Stars Justin Timberlake, the perfect vanilla pseudoadult for a story of pseudoadult intrigues and pleasures."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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