Runner Runner

Runner Runner

Runner Runner

Ben Affleck is Ivan, a gambling mastermind and the wealthy head of an online betting operation in this crime thriller. After Princeton student Richie (Justin Timberlake) cracks the online game but is swindled out of the winnings, he travels to Costa Rica to confront Ivan. Instead, the pair hit it off and Richie is brought into the operation. But as the stakes rise, the protege comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss and attempts to turn the tables on him. From the writers of Ocean’s 13 and co-starring Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters).

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language and sex scene91 minsUSA
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Runner Runner / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

From the writers of Rounders, but closer in quality to 21, Brad (The Lincoln Lawyer) Furman’s online gaming thriller is a strange beast. There’s nothing glaringly wrong with it, but it’s so glossily mediocre that it’s impossible to recommend to anyone not contemplating a lengthy plane journey.

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Variety

Variety

Runner Runner’s appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame.

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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday's after-shave.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This is a lazy, trashy film that barely goes through the motions.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

It puts a premium on sleight-of-hand cleverness and glossy style, but it isn't particularly clever or stylish.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

However exotic the locations and starry the stars, there’s no escaping this is The Devil’s Advocate of online gambling. Fold.

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