75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Although the storyline is predictable, the intelligent dialogue and top-drawer acting more than make up for the possible deficiency.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

In spite of how hard everything is to believe, you believe what Damon is doing.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Oughtta be much bettor.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
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.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Lazy, predictable and even dumb about what happens away from the tables. [11 Sept 1998]
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60

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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).
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It should have been the poker equivalent of "The Hustler." But it suffers from iron-poor blood. No energy. It just lies there.
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54 out of 100
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