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Criminal (2004)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 37

If you saw Nine Queens, it may feel redundant, but the snappy performances make it fun to watch.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 10

If you saw Nine Queens, it may feel redundant, but the snappy performances make it fun to watch.



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A contemporary caper story centering upon an extremely odd couple: a young Latino man who will do anything for his family and a thirty-something scheming white guy who will do anything to his family. One wants to save his father. The other wants to get rich, in any way possible. So when they come across one of the most valuable pieces of currency in U.S. history, they're suddenly stuck together, and that's just--criminal. All they have to do is sell it, which is where the real problems begin.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Gregory Jacobs, Sam Lowry

Apr 12, 2005


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All Critics (130) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (37) | DVD (11)

With dashes of black humour and pointed glimpses of the American class system, Criminal is a taut con-versus-con game whose deft artistry isn't fully revealed until the last few minutes.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A kind of who-done-what? puzzle. You'll probably enjoy it much more if you haven't seen the 2002 Argentine film, Nine Queens.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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... unfolds like a David Mamet film ...

September 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Jacobs has brought the barrio into noir, and that's no small achievement. If nothing else, it opens the door to a whole new galaxy of grift.

September 12, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Reilly and Luna make a chemically appealing screen team.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Jacobs -- who for many years was Soderbergh's assistant director -- keeps things moving at a sprightly pace, and cinematographer Chris Menges does a terrific job of capturing L.A. in all its mercurial glory.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This con man movie is best for older teens and up.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Like Richard Widmark, [John C. Reilly] is an excellent character actor who can convey both likeability and pathetical desperation simultaneously.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Those viewers who watched NUEVE REINAS beforehand will be affected with increasingly unpleasant feeling of deja vu.

July 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Con film aficionados won't find the picture revolutionary, but even they should enjoy the structure, craftsmanship and a nice supporting performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

June 2, 2005

A second-generation photocopy of a David Mamet cryptogram.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

[It's] a safer, watered-down, but still enjoyable redo.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

...the interaction of the movie's two leads, Reilly and Luna, is so good you might enjoy it for their performances alone.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

it's Training Day for confidence tricksters, an exciting 24-hour tour of LA's underworld with a headache-inducing sting in its tail.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Considerando-se que o ótimo Nove Rainhas foi realizado há apenas alguns anos, esta refilmagem soa desnecessária, por mais interessante que seja seu roteiro.

February 9, 2005
Cinema em Cena

... a fairly straightforward remake of the Argentine hit Nine Queens (2000)

February 7, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Reilly is perhaps the most amazing fusion of boy and man we have in American movies.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Well acted and intriguing...

October 24, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

It isn't quite as witty or gritty as Nine Queens, but if you didn't see that film, then see it now that it's in English.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

Like a smash-and-grab job, the movie gets in, springs the con and gets out quick - leaving the viewer to replay the twists on his or her own time.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

While the twists at the end are a little more predictable here than in the first film, it's still an assured work, especially considering that it comes from a first-time director.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City


October 8, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This is one of the best con movies I have seen as rare currency is used as the valuable commodity.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

A jazzy, offhandedly brilliant exercise in colorful mendacity and shell game shenanigans that benefits from the cool, authoritative occupational swagger of John C. Reilly.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The remake is so faithful to the first film that some of the snap and crackle disappears if you know the plot. It's like watching The Sixth Sense for a second time.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Yet another inexplicable American remake that adds nothing new to the original.

September 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Criminal

I really, really, really think that EVERYONE should see this film. It was one of the most entertaining films I've watched all year. In a world where only morbid/ depressing movies are considered excellent and plot less, big-budget films rule the box-office it is nice to see a smaller budget film that has fun with itself.

The cast in this film is superb. Diego Luna especially gives a great performance. He is endearing, lovable, enthusiastic, and intelligent in his portrayal of "Brian." It was nice to see him in this context and I personally believe that he thrived in the part. He is an excellent actor and i have to admit that I am now a fan.I almost always guess the "surprise" ending in movies that claim to have one, but this film still has me wondering how i didn't get it. Do yourself a favor and see this movie!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to tell you the plot because I don't trust myself not to give anything away. If you enjoy caper/mystery/ entertaining movies go see this one. 3/1/2 Stars 3=21=13
March 21, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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Decent film about two con men, but you kind of figure there is going to be double crossing and it's not very shocking when it happens. I think with this type of movie it's kind of, seen one, seen them all, but as they are not really a favourite genre of mine anyhow, I would say this was a good one as I did enjoy it and didn't get overly bored watching it. Cast are all good.
August 30, 2010

Super Reviewer

A fun movie that had a lot of great twists and great acting. While I really hated the cinematography and general direction, it was just too well written and energetic to not like. John C. Reilly was flawless, he continues to amaze me time and time again. He is one of the most gifted and versatile actors working in Hollywood. I'd say it's a definite must for any fans of hustler films.
March 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

Any brits out there who enjoyed the series Hustle will probably enjoy this film. Tricks of a con-man and apprentice, clever plot and an enjoyable watch.
March 21, 2008

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    1. Richard Gaddis: You have one thing money and practice can't buy. You look like a nice guy.
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