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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Always leave yourself outs"
I have watched this movie several times in the last few years, and have been playing Texas Hold'em for a similar amount of time. When this special edition came out, I knew I had to check it out; and I was not disappointed, since besides the great movie, it includes a nice collection of extras.
Mike (Damon) is a grinder that plays poker as if it was a job. He has used...
Published on 2 Jun 2005 by Sebastian Fernandez

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Leyt they-at main hef hiyis muney"
I have just rewatched Rounders after a giving it a break of a few years. Having learned a bit about poker since my last viewing, I wanted to see if I could get any kind of different perspective on the film, which I had previously already enjoyed.

The film is most praise-worthy for daring to include so much technical detail from a specialist field, rather than...
Published on 12 Aug 2009 by pacopicopiedra


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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true depictation of the seedy underworld of New York, 2 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Rounders [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
"Rounders" tells the story of a young law student (Matt Damon) for whom poker is more than just a game; it is a way of life. When he looses thirty thousand dollars in one game he decides to work legitimately in order to pay for law school. But when his friend "Worm" (Edward Norton) is released from prison, owing a great debt, he is once again immersed in the illegal underworld of New York.
Generically speaking "Rounders" is hard to classify, as there are not many films that can be deemed similar. "Rounders" is a subversive film, in that, the narrative and technical aspects of the film defy the viewers expectations of a "gambling film". The cinematography of the film is superb. Slow sweeping shots are very common within the film and create a slow, but intense, atmosphere. Damon provides the voice of reason throughout the film with a fine performance but it is Norton who, once again, steals the limelight. He performance as the desperate and pathetic addict is flawless. "Rounders" combines the cinematography, mise-en-scene and acting within the film flawlessly and creates a dark, seedy and realistic atmosphere.
"Rounders" is an original film that deals with the morality behind gambling and depicts the true way of life for the poker addicts who survive in the dark and seedy depths of New York.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Aug 2014
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cashing In on Poker Popularity, 10 May 2007
This review is from: Rounders - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Rounders has been overly hyped as "THE" poker movie, although I believe this is probably down to the fact that I cannot think of an alternative.

Rounders follows Mike (Matt Damon) as he loses everything in a high-stakes Poker game and then quits, as his girlfriend does not like him playing. His erratic friend gets out of prison and wants back in the action (Edward Norton) and they try to get enough money together to pay off Nortons debts. The film is unique in that it was filmed a long time before Poker went global.

It is a dated version of poker, and not a particularly riveting movie. For the non-poker enthusiast, it is probably one to avoid. The movie is purely about poker and nothing else, except for the usual Hollywood themes like struggling to overcome demons and then use these demons ultimately to succeed.

As much as I would love to say otherwise, a poker player probably should own this in his/her collection.

Shuffle up and deal!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a disillusioning film, 24 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Rounders - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
A small film on gambling. It does not really bring anything about gambling itself as an addiction, as a total lack of judgment and reason. And the end of the film is both a total illusion because you never really win in gambling because winning is only there to make you lose even more, and a fatal last move that announces the final descent into hell, a hell that is named Las Vegas. The only strange element, original element, is the Jewish dimension introduced by the judge who should have been a rabbi and couldn't because he could not see God. He actually lent money to that poor Mike knowing that Mike was going to gamble with it and was killing his dream of ever being anything noticeable in a court of justice apart from eventually being an accused or a convicted criminal. For a judge and a law student that is particularly sorry, sad and crude.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 15 Aug 2014
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Nothing Exciting
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 29 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Rounders [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
My favorite movie on poker. You will love it
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Rubbish, 19 Mar 2005
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This really isn`t a very good film at all. Even if you`re a poker player. Make that, especially if you`re a poker player. None of it rings true. For a start the plot is so cliched you`ll spend a great deal of time playing "spot the reference". This film is more like "The Hustler", than "The Cincinnati Kid", but manages to rip off the pair of them. Most of the poker quotes are lifted straight from Doyle Brunson`s classic book "Power Poker" and the actual poker playing scenes are nonsense; even the best player in the world can`t walk into a game and five minutes later correctly deduce every player`s hand. If they could they`d be unbeatable. And how many tourists play in $20/$40 games? Hmmm. There are some comical scenes though, particularly the one where they get beaten up by the cops. So, cliched plot, average acting and the whole thing probably incomprehensible to non poker players. It is said that the greatest film about poker ever made was "The Hustler". Even though it is nominally about pool, it has all the elements of great poker games between great players. Buy that instead.
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