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  • Summary: A story of passion, risk, and the extreme price of friendship in the world of high-stakes poker. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    90
    Screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien have given some crackerjack card-shark dialogue to two hot young actors—Matt Damon and Edward Norton—and together with John Dahl's atmospheric direction they've all made a dream of a poker movie.
  2. Damon is a magical actor. His mind, as sharp and focused as a laser, beams out of the face of a vivacious choirboy, and, in nearly every scene, he invites you to share the jet-propelled pleasure of his precocious agility.
  3. 75
    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.
  4. 60
    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).
  5. 50
    Though the movie looks gorgeous, glittering with the monochromatic beauty of noir transposed into the key of yellow, it chugs along like an overly responsible documentary, more the working out of an idea about the gambler's true nature than a story.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    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.
  7. A tiresome 1998 rip-off of The Hustler, with poker (in a New York Russian Mafia milieu) taking the place of pool, Matt Damon taking over for Paul Newman, and John Malkovich's scenery chewing supplanting Jackie Gleason's self-effacement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JohnB.
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    The greatest movie about poker.
  2. ChrisP.
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    Awesome!
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    9
    done really well for its story line. I really liked the acting and the cast.done really well for its story line. I really liked the acting and the cast. thanks Collapse
  4. Nov 15, 2014
    8
    Although the ending is a bit too "Hollywood", Rounders succeeds in engrossing us in the tension of high-stakes poker, and having a goodAlthough the ending is a bit too "Hollywood", Rounders succeeds in engrossing us in the tension of high-stakes poker, and having a good performance from Damon. Norton, on the other hand, plays the same annoying character as per usual, and the only thing more fake than their chemistry is John Malkovich's Russian accent. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2013
    7
    Blessed with good acting, the cliche of the storyline and the constant jargon are the main pitfalls of the film and the reasons it falters inBlessed with good acting, the cliche of the storyline and the constant jargon are the main pitfalls of the film and the reasons it falters in the end. However, I still liked this one. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2010
    5
    Good movie but flawed here and there. Matt Damon is solid but not top shelf here. John M lol ... terrible accent yet i still loved hisGood movie but flawed here and there. Matt Damon is solid but not top shelf here. John M lol ... terrible accent yet i still loved his performance. Edward N is so so. Best thing about this movie.... Nice to see a card movie again.

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  7. GaborA.
    Jul 17, 2006
    3
    As typical of a movie you can make about card playing. A ninth grader selected at random and told to write a movie about poker would come up As typical of a movie you can make about card playing. A ninth grader selected at random and told to write a movie about poker would come up with a script very similar to this film. Rounders see's all the angle's but doesn't have the courage to make a move. Expand

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