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Mississippi Grind

  • Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 108 min.

Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a talented, but struggling poker player about to be swallowed up by his unshakeable gambling habit. But his luck begins to change after he meets the young, charismatic Curtis (Ryan Reynolds). Gerry convinces his new lucky charm to hit the road with him, towards a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. The highs and lows unveil the duo’s true characters and motivations, and an undeniable bond forms between them. [A24]

"A sweet, shambling, supremely enjoyable road movie about two compulsive gamblers of very different stripes."
- David Ehrlich Time Out New York
"Mississippi Grind winds up being that rare beast: the buddy comedy where you’re not tired of the buddies well before the credits roll."
- Tricia Olszewski, TheWrap
"Reynolds and Mendelsohn could not be more different actors, but in this pairing they are perfect."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"Mississippi Grind itself 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."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times
"Mississippi Grind is the cinematic equivalent of the unassuming, quiet player at the poker table who allows you to believe you have him pegged — and that’s when he springs the trap on you and shows you something you never saw coming."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's bracing in its simplicity. It's a character portrait, period."
- Matt Zoller Seitz,
"For all the impressive authenticity of the various settings, it’s Gerry and Curtis’ continually evolving push-pull dynamic that deservedly takes centerstage here, in a picture driven far less by narrative incident than by its gently pulsing comic undercurrents and vivid contemplation of character."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"This low-budget indie has a unique ambiance and surprising depth, both in the performances of its two leads and the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”)."
- Sara Stewart, NY Post