|Miramax Films | Release Date: September 11, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Lazy, predictable and even dumb about what happens away from the tables. [11 Sept 1998]
Oughtta be much bettor.
Alas, when Rounders lays out its cards, the results aren't as much as you'd been led to believe. But the movie's style and authenticity run a good bluff.
Edward Norton, who created a buzz of excitement in his first year in movies, stubs his toe with Worm... It's the same guy we've seen in countless mean streets pictures, but Norton doesn't find anything new to do with him. He's Ratso Rizzo defanged.
Rounders is more involved with the insulated, arcane world of a gambler than it is with the things that actually make a movie work, such as characters and relationships and a script that connects all its dots.
It's "The Hustler with poker and without soul...For all its flash and occasional sizzle, "Rounders" is a disappointment.
Everything in Rounders is right there on the surface. Watching it is about as exciting as playing poker with all the cards face up. [14 Sept 1998]
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