...presents realism and sentimentality in a strange but intriguing mix, leaving the implausibly sweeter material until the end.
This story of two losers gambling their way across the American south is a nostalgia act in the best way: it showcases aesthetic values that certain American filmmakers, writers and actors of the '70s embodied brilliantly...
Mississippi Grind is founded on a nicely threaded synthesis of familiar formulas—part buddy comedy, addiction narrative, road-tripper, and documentary-style portrait of socioeconomic malaise.
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn excel in this character piece about two gamblers down on their luck.
...winds up being an improbably satisfying, even heartwarming character study.