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Runner Runner

Crime . Thriller . Drama

When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

Actors: Ben Affleck , Gemma Arterton , Justin Timberlake , Anthony Mackie , David Costabile , John Heard , Michael Esper , Oliver Cooper , Christian George , Yul Vazquez
Directors: Brad Furman
Country: USA
Release: 2013-10-04
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  • Tim Robey

    Runner Runner starts off with a solid draw, then folds on the flop.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Could have been a fun film, but instead merely displays the trappings of one. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Dan Callahan

    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. Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Even the best player can only go so far with a bum hand.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    The ultimately forgettable Runner Runner is, for a gambling film, markedly risk-averse.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    After an intriguing setup, “Runner Runner” devolves into a by-the-books thriller.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Runner Runner is content to stay high gloss, with no filler.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    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.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    This is little more than an expensive-looking celebrity vacation video—more evidence in support of the notion that the Hollywood house always wins.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

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

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Kelly

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

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

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Runner Runner is a bad run of cliché clichés.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    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.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

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

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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?

    Miami Herald Full Review
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