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RoundersThe movie follows gifted poker player Mike McDermott and his childhood friend Lester 'Worm' Murphy who need to quickly earn enough cash playing poker to pay off loan sharks. The term 'rounder' refers to a person travelling around from city to city seeking high-stakes cash games.
Actors of "Rounders"
Characters of "Rounders"
Directors of "Rounders"John DahlBirthdate: 1956, Billings, Montana, USA
Creators of "Rounders"David LevienBrian KoppelmanBirthdate: 1966, Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "Rounders"Washington PostMarch 25, 2008
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.VarietyMarch 25, 2008
Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack.Chicago ReaderMarch 25, 2008
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.Time OutJune 24, 2006
The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.Globe and MailJuly 12, 2002
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.Rolling StoneMay 11, 2001
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.FlavorwireJune 19, 2016
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.ReelTalk Movie ReviewsOctober 29, 2011
Although featuring a splendid Edward Norton performance, 'Rounders' comes across as too unbelievable, often straying beyond the bounds of rationality.Film4March 25, 2008
John Dahl creates an intelligent and character-driven crime-drama built around solid performances by Damon and Norton.TV GuideMarch 25, 2008
This ode to the allure of clipping suckers and psyching out the competition is richly atmospheric but thin in the character department.EmanuelLevy.ComJanuary 14, 2007
In his first non-noir film, John Dahl, assisted by the great French lenser Jean-Yves Escoffier, gives New York's underground gambling scene a vivid atmopshere, with special attention to its particular rituals and fast macho talk.
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