Excerpt: This is one of the only poker movies done right; it explores the gritty, underground side of things. To really appreciate this film to its fullest, you kind of have to know how to play Texas Hold 'em. I'm not saying that you won't enjoy it if you don't, but there are a few scenes where you have to know the rules in order to really understand what the players are trying to do. Poker is a psychological battle and not just about luck.
Excerpt: the dvd has bit of a orangy look to it..and a little less bright.. this blu looks like they brightened up the picture a bit too much.. when they are under a lamp its so white you cant see their hair or eyes.. it does look good though...but i feel its a bit "harsher" to look at than the dvd.. extras are a bit light... a commentary with norton and dillon would have been cool but the poker players commentary is a nice touch..
Excerpt: Definate buy! Even if you haven't seen it. Great story with an awesome cast. The picture and sound quality were both excellent, especially the PQ. It looks like it was made last year instead of in 1998. I just hope that Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction look as good as Rounders.
Excerpt: Great card movie with solid performances all the way around especially from Martin Landau, Edward Norton and John Malkovich. The story is well told and the dialogue is witty and insightful. If your into poker flicks like "21" or the 70's classic "The Sting" then I suggest you rent or buy this one on sale. The video was good and the dialogue clear throughout Recommended!
He beat me... Straight up... Pay him... Pay that man his money.
30 March 2009
Excerpt: Movie - Great Poker flick and in my opinion blows '21' out of the water. This movie was before its time and if was released today might have been a big box office draw. There are a few scenes that I could have done without but really there is nothing that should stop you from watching this well made film. Video - I admit that the video itself was ok but there was a few scenes that really bugged me for quality.
Summary: This film was unjustly panned as lethargic and bleak without a purpose. Considering how Hold 'Em has developed into one of the biggest social fads in the last decade, I would say that this film captures every emotional aspect the 'swings' of No Limit typically carry. I had absolutely no idea how to play the game when I first saw this movie about five years ago. The dialogue is wrought with jargon that almost makes a mockery of itself.
Summary: Rounders is nothing short of hypnotic. It is a film that introduced me and many others to the surreal world of poker. High stakes, Texas Hold Em, winner take all poker. For those unfamiliar with the game, not only is this a perfect tutorial to understand the game, but this is a movie that will entertain you right to the very end. I like to think that this is just like Rocky. Matt Damon plays Mike McDermott, just like Stallone played Rocky.
Very underrated character piece, although not without its flaws
1 April 2005
Summary: "Rounders" is about a straight-flying legal student (Matt Damon) who leaves behind his gambling habits to satisfy his moralistic girlfriend. However when his best friend "Worm" (Edward Norton) is released from jail, the two embark on a cards-journey that leads them from success to misfortune after Worm is caught cheating and the man who caught him (John Malkovich) wants his money back.
One of the most widely underrated movies of our time
Joshua Goldstein, IMDb
5 January 2005
Summary: Rounders is I believe, one of the most widely underrated movies of our time. I first saw this movie as it was a 'bonus DVD' thrown in for free with my DVD player back in 2000, so naturally I didn't expect much (as the other bonus DVD's were very mediocre), but what I found was a very enjoyable movie.
Who would have thought a film about Poker would be so good?
16 October 2002
Summary: There is a lot of good stuff in this film. You have a great story, an excellent cast, excellent directing, and a couple great games of poker. When I first heard about this film, I was a bit skeptical. It's a game about poker, how exciting can it be? The fact that Edward Norton was in the film was the prime reason I wanted to see "Rounders". After seeing the film, I couldn't believe how much I liked it.