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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Stylish entertainment and smartass fun when director John Dahl ("The Last Seduction") plays his strong suit (a gifted cast) instead of his weakest (a derivative plot). show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It should have been the poker equivalent of "The Hustler." But it suffers from iron-poor blood. No energy. It just lies there. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Most novel is Rounders' message that the real sin isn't giving into vice but denying your God-given talents and not risking it all. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Oughtta be much bettor. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    For a grimmer and more realistic look at this world, no modern movie has surpassed Karel Reisz's "The Gambler'' (1974), starring James Caan in a screenplay by self-described degenerate gambler James Toback. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    In spite of how hard everything is to believe, you believe what Damon is doing. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Although the storyline is predictable, the intelligent dialogue and top-drawer acting more than make up for the possible deficiency. show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Lazy, predictable and even dumb about what happens away from the tables. [11 Sept 1998] show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The acting is solid, but the story builds less drama and suspense than its high-stakes subject might lead you to expect. show more

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