Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind

(2015)

We can't lose.

Ryan Reynolds and the great Ben Mendelsohn star in this critically acclaimed drama from writing/directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson). "Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis (Reynolds)...... More

"Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip’s highs and lows unveil the duo’s true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them... The film’s atmosphere of frenzied hope and paranoia at the various racetracks, bars, and casinos is suffused with an evocative soundtrack and enlivened by two pitch-perfect performances." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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  • Mendelsohn and Reynolds give terrific performances as gambling buddies in this bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie. Full Review

  • Eschewing familiar vistas, Fleck and Boden take us on a tour of boarded facades and crumbling casinos light-years away from the glamour of Vegas or Atlantic City. Full Review

  • Mendelsohn and Reynolds are terrific, each wrapping himself up in the material like a well-worn favorite sweater. Full Review

  • May be a bit of a throwback to the lived-in, character-driven, landscape-besotted films of the 1970s, but it's less a pastiche or a homage than the cinematic equivalent of a classic song, expertly covered. Full Review

  • While it's a bit of a slow burner, Mendelsohn is so compelling, there's really no need for things to speed up. Full Review

  • A meandering road movie enriched by its fine-grained study of character and milieu, but somewhat lethargic and momentum-deprived in terms of narrative. Full Review

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