|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Martin Landau, John Turturro, Matt Damon, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, John Malkovich|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Jan 2002|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A full house on the poker hand scale of filmsBy BafflingPrion from Cardiff , 28 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]There are two schools of thought when it comes to poker. There are those who think of it as a game of skill and mathematical probability. There are those who see it as a seedy game where all can be lost on the whimsy of lady luck. But, as Matt Damons character in the film says Poker isnt luck. So if you want to learn something about the most widely played game on the Internet, watch this!
When Rounders was first released, I wasnt into poker and I still enjoyed it. Now that I am I have revisited it and found it to be informative and entertaining. Damon makes a token attempt to explain the rules of the game at the start of the film but I believe this film can be enjoyed even if you dont know the difference between a nut flush and an open-ended straight draw. The directing is tight to quote a poker phrase and the showdowns are tense and gripping. Edward Norton is superb as Damons loser friend and gets all the great lines. My major gripe with the film is John Malkovichs unconvincing Russian accent. Geeeeve zis mein hees marnie just doesnt work for me. There are lots of Hollywood clichés but overall this is about as good a film on poker as you will get.
While this is by no means a Royal Flush of a film, it is still a high hand and definitely worth calling a bet with.
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Good filmBy Hollywilliam (70 reviews) from Liverpool , 12 Aug 2009Excellent story about a law student (Matt Damon), a very clever and talented card player who has carefully gambled enough to pay his way through law school. He fatefully decides to take on the notorious Russian gambler and all round 'bad hat' KBG (very funny John Malkovich) and loses all his money so he promises his girlfriend he'll never gamble again and takes on a dead end job to make ends meet. Move on nine months later and he picks up his old gambling friend (the excellent Edward Norton very aptly named Worm) from jail. From the word go, you can see Worm is trouble - he is in a lot of debt to KGB with a strict deadline to pay it back the minute he is released from jail so Worm (love that name for this charactor) drags his loyal friend along with him by never telling the full story ....... Good charactors, excellent storyline to keep you watching, excellent acting all round as you would expect from this cast. Definitely worth renting.
People watchers will like this!By Drummeg (20 reviews) from Glasgow , 01 Aug 2009I ordered this film as I like Matt Damon; must admit, I'd never heard of it, but was willing to give it a try as Matt is an excellent actor and usually in good productions. I did enjoy it, and learned a few things about observing people along the way - so that's how Derren Brown does eh? Good film, exciting and nail-biting at times.
I prefer bridgeBy a customer from Derby, UK , 10 Jun 2009Brilliant cast, boring film. You might like it if you like poker and understand what they are talking about.
Rounders is rousingBy miller123 (5 reviews) from Newcastle upon Tyne , 12 May 2009Rounders has the same sort of feel as Swingers, in the way it's directed.
I really enjoyed the film, very well written and casted, I think Matt Damon comes in for some unfair critisicm sometimes, as he's a very accomplished actor. Ed norton, provides his normally excellent acting manner. he plays as cocky, arrogant friend of Damons whose main aim is to skank everyone in his wake and whether he upsets his friends in the process he doesn't care.
Set around two men who are excellent poker players, looking for the main aim - life happiness
if you enjoy a game of poker, this will be your favourite film, otherwise you will enjoy the film anyways.
Sun uf a beechBy a customer from Wilmslow , 02 Feb 2009There is one reason to see this otherwise fairly bog-standard, late 90s wiseguy movie of the Swingers type - Malkovich's demented performance as the bearded Russian mafia guy. He ordered the scenery sandwich with extra ham. It's great. I don't care if his accent is authentic (and to be honest, I did keep expecting him to say 'I vont to suck your blood'), he's genius.
Other than that, Matt Damon does his likeable, Will Hunting, puppy-dog thing, Ed Norton does his nasally huckster, and Martin Landau wears a silly toupee. Oh, and I'm sure you'll dig this movie if you like poker.
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