Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.









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Release date: Oct 4, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some sexual content
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Runtime: 91 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 58 - by Laremy Legel
    Could have been a fun film, but instead merely displays the trappings of one. more

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by 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. more

  • 50 - by 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. more

  • 50
    Entertainment Weekly - by Adam Markovitz
    Even the best player can only go so far with a bum hand. more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    After an intriguing setup, “Runner Runner” devolves into a by-the-books thriller. more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times - by 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. more

  • 50
    The A.V. Club - by 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. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by 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. more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    Runner Runner is content to stay high gloss, with no filler. more

  • 50
    The Dissolve - by 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. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by 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. more

  • 40
    Empire - by Ian Nathan
    However exotic the locations and starry the stars, there’s no escaping this is The Devil’s Advocate of online gambling. Fold. more

  • 40
    Total Film - by 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. more

  • 40
    Variety - by Andrew Barker
    Runner Runner’s appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame. more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    Runner Runner is a bad run of cliché clichés. more

  • 38
    New York Post - by 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. more

  • 38
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by 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. more

  • 38
    Boston Globe - by 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. more

  • 37
    Washington Post - by 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. more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday’s after-shave. ...

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter - by 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. more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by 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. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    Runner Runner is elevated by solid performances but, for a story about gambling and striving for greatness, the film (ironically) takes very few risks.