Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 31
  2. Negative: 11 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Sep 28, 2013
    60
    Runner Runner starts off with a solid draw, then folds on the flop.
  2. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Oct 4, 2013
    58
    Could have been a fun film, but instead merely displays the trappings of one.
  3. 50
    Ben Affleck makes for a pretty good jerk, but he can’t pull off outright villainy. That’s probably the main problem with the crime thriller Runner Runner.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    The kind of meat-and-potatoes genre picture that might be passable if the people involved in making it had given the same thought and concentration to the development of the plot and the ending as they did to the fairly involving set-up.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    Even the best player can only go so far with a bum hand.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    The ultimately forgettable Runner Runner is, for a gambling film, markedly risk-averse.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    After an intriguing setup, “Runner Runner” devolves into a by-the-books thriller.
  9. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    The struggles in the movie are with the moments when life and liberty are on the line. The ones that should put you on the edge of your seat are more likely to have you glancing at your watch.
  10. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    In different hands, Runner Runner might have worked as sleazy tropical noir, but director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) never quite embraces the tawdriness of his material.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    One of the film's biggest problems is that Richie is an unsympathetic and rather dim character. The badly drawn role does the likable Timberlake no favors.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    Runner Runner is content to stay high gloss, with no filler.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    The best parts of Runner Runner feel like a Rounders facsimile—right down to the metaphor-heavy narration—and the worst seem like a case of mission drift, as if the filmmakers set out to make a behind-the-curtain thriller about online gambling, but got hung up in paying off the plot.
  14. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 9, 2013
    40
    Thrillers don’t come much more nondescript than this: If Runner Runner were a color scheme, it would be beige, with an accent wall in taupe.
  15. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    This is little more than an expensive-looking celebrity vacation video—more evidence in support of the notion that the Hollywood house always wins.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    This is the kind of movie that, in order to puff itself up, quotes Meyer Lansky, Napoleon and Native American sayings. But according to Hoyle — as poker players would say — the film really just does boilerplate Hollywood drama.
  17. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Sep 28, 2013
    40
    However exotic the locations and starry the stars, there’s no escaping this is The Devil’s Advocate of online gambling. Fold.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck give their best poker faces but ultimately fail to convince you to gamble your cash away on this limp, unoriginal story of a man out of his depth.
  19. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    This is a lazy, trashy film that barely goes through the motions.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Sep 25, 2013
    40
    Runner Runner’s appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame.
  21. 38
    Runner Runner is a bad run of cliché clichés.
  22. 38
    Affleck? You never believe a word he says, not a gesture. This is the sort of acting he did in the sort of movies he made before he started writing and directing his own movies — bad.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 4, 2013
    38
    Remember the old Ben Affleck, the one who made 28 consecutive bad movies before he turned out to be a pretty good director? He’s back! Behold, the second coming of . . . Badfleck.
  24. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 3, 2013
    38
    The sort of generic crime thriller - stick-figure characters, pointless muddle of plot, people entering and exiting SUVs and Lear jets with a sense of urgency - that feels like it could drag on forever, and drag us down into a purgatory of stupefaction with it.
  25. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 3, 2013
    38
    When it’s time for the hot sex scene between Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier.
  26. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 3, 2013
    37
    The film might take its name from poker subculture, but it lacks all the urgency, single-mindedness and swiftness that the title implies at its most literal. Runner Runner is a bummer. Bummer.
  27. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 3, 2013
    30
    It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday’s after-shave.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 25, 2013
    30
    What's actually up onscreen in this vaguely ambitious but tawdry melodrama falls into an in-between no-man's-land that endows it with no distinction whatsoever, a work lacking both style and insight into the netherworld it seeks to reveal.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 11, 2013
    25
    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.
  30. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 3, 2013
    25
    Runner Runner is less than mediocre, but it's not repellent, which means that to watch it is to root for it - and to be disappointed.
  31. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 3, 2013
    25
    In its early moments, the movie evokes everything from "The Social Network" to "Casino." By the end, the film has become as exciting as a game of Old Maid. R-rated thrillers are hardly ever this dull and listless, but this movie manages to eradicate all of Timberlake’s charisma and makes you flash back to Affleck’s "Paycheck"/"Gigli" era. How does this even happen?
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Oct 8, 2013
    5
    It's not a terrible movie as many suggest- it's highly predictable, but Timberlake, Arterton and Affleck are fun to watch in this context. You've got gambling, sex, attractive people in pools, and a smart person negotiating his way out of a difficult series of circumstances. It's the ultimate popcorn movie that doesn't require much in the way of thinking. If you're up for that sort of thing, this should fill the bill. Full Review »
  2. Oct 7, 2013
    5
    Justin Timberlake plays a Princeton student who travels to Costa Rica to confront on-line gambling kingpin Ben Affleck about being cheated. When he gets there, he's offered a part in the game, which turns predictably sour and dangerous. While there's nothing original, this film is adequate in style and performances. The pacing never lapses and the art direction is attractive. If you enjoy these actors and don't want to see anything else, you won't be bored. You won't be thrilled, either. Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2013
    5
    Ben Affleck as some good appeal here, and JT is pretty decent as well, but the acting can't save this movie. It comes out strong at the beginning, but the plot becomes weak and muddled as the movie drags on. Both actors are just stranded in weak material here. Full Review »