Rounders (1998)

Set against the backdrop of New York's high-stakes underground poker world. Mike McDermott, a master card player who trades the poker playing rounds for law school and a shot at a new life with his girlfriend. For Mike, the new life he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 11, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Richly atmospheric and colorful performances contributed to the movie's entertainment value.

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.

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Jason Bailey

The most vivid and most enjoyable movies immerse us in a world, and show us how that world works. The screenplay by David Levien and Brian Koppelman does that; Dahl's direction closes the deal.

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Todd McCarthy

Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.

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.

Dan Jardine

John Dahl's film is not as sinister or complex as its cinematic cousin, House of Games, but it is fun to see these young Hollywood studs (Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol) strut their stuff.

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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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

In fighting to show the psychological complexities in Mike that the script ignores, Damon plays it like a rounder instead of a grinder. This kid still has surprises up his sleeve.

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Although featuring a splendid Edward Norton performance, 'Rounders' comes across as too unbelievable, often straying beyond the bounds of rationality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Albert Kim
can't help but to enjoy this movie. I absolutely loved john malkovich's role in the movie. plus, this movie didn't have ridiculous monster hands… More
Chris Weber
Matt Damon is Mike McDermott, a law student who makes his primary living as a rounder- a master poker player who makes the rounds from club to club making the… More
Melvin White
Mike McDermott: It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money.  "In The Game Of Life... Play The Hands You're Dealt." Too be completely… More
Alex roy
Brilliant film about the underworld of high stakes poker. Director's John Dahl's effective direction is what keeps you interested and the tone of the… More
Shawn Ewing
A shallow film with some good characters but leaves nothing memorable.