Rounders

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Frequent profanity, some violence in '90s noir movie.

R 1998 121 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Exciting fast paced movie does great job teaching ethics.

While there is some profanity, the violence is mild and little to no blood is shown. If you like gambling this movie is perfect. There are strong female characters and it teaches the values of friendship. The characters are likable and your eyes are glued to the screen. I have a daughter who is a senior in high school and went into this with a not great attitude. This is now one of her favorite movies.

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age 18+

Rounders - Find Another Card As Fast As You Can

If there’s a movie or its stars, that’s lost to the late ‘90’s it’s this one and its crew. This grotty swear-fest is so typical of Matt Damon and Edward Norton that it plays out like a cliché – they simply walk through their roles emulating themselves. If you’re a fan of these somewhat overrated cardboard-cut-outs then you may be ‘entertained’ (although it’s stretching the word). And, they get plenty of financial assistance for their ole mate, Harvey Weinstein. Nasty characters and sleazy situations overrun this miserable experience - leaving the feeling of needing a shower by the end. Viewers addicted to gambling or card-shark movies, may feel at home with these witless lowlifes but ultimately they prove unworthy of empathy or concern. Some may even feel they’ve just spent 2 Hrs with characters the world would be better off without. Also featured in the acting high-jinks is John Malkovich, who overdoes his chocolate biscuit eating (supposedly ‘Russian’) card-shark-guru, to borderline laughable proportions. John Turturro on the other hand (no pun intended) fares best at attempting to build on a character, along with interesting Gretchen Mol as the suffering girlfriend. For diehard gambling movie fans only.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 11, 1998
  • On DVD or streaming: August 23, 2011
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol
  • Director: John Dahl
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 121 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: Pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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