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Criminal (2004)



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

Movie Info

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. The only way out is family but the one person who can help them, hates them: the schemer's sister.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Gregory Jacobs, Fabián Bielinsky, Steven Soderbergh, Sam Lowry, Greg Jacobs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Box Office: $0.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


John C. Reilly
as Richard Gaddis
Diego Luna
as Rodrigo
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Valerie Gaddis
Jonathan Tucker
as Michael Gaddis
Peter Mullan
as William Hannigan
Laura Cerón
as Waitress
Brandon Keener
as Waiter/Daniel
Soledad St. Hilaire
as Waitress No. 2
Ellen Geer
as Grandma
Gary Mack
as Security Guard
Enrico Colantoni
as Bookish Man
Nick Anavio
as Cafe Manager
Deborah Van Valkenbu...
as Woman in Elevator
Malik Yoba
as Frank Hill
Lillian Hurst
as Mrs. Ochoa
Jack Conley
as Henry the Angry Man
Juan Carlos Cantu
as Rodrigo's Dad
Manuel G. Jimenez
as Briefcase Thief
Patricia Belcher
as Female Bank Executiv...
Paul Norwood
as Bank Manager
Gary Mack
as Security Guard
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News & Interviews for Criminal

Critic Reviews for Criminal

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (39)

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

This con man movie is best for older teens and up.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2005

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

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicki Marie

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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Criminal Quotes

Richard Gaddis: You have one thing money and practice can't buy. You look like a nice guy.
– Submitted by Kamal G (3 years ago)

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