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Criminal Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 10, 2004
The constant shadow of doubt keeps the viewer from investing in the characters, because we suspect one or more of them isn't what they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
... a fairly straightforward remake of the Argentine hit Nine Queens (2000)
Full Review| Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2004
Follows the original fairly closely, and because I already knew the plot secrets, it couldn't work on me in its intended way. As the recycled characters, dialog and events turned up, there seemed to be an echo in the room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A second-generation photocopy of a David Mamet cryptogram.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 1, 2004
Produced by Soderbergh, Criminal bears an uncanny resemblance to the master's films.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
Hollywood Bitchslap
September 19, 2004
Criminal can be praised and damned for its fidelity to the Argentinean masterpiece Nine Queens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2005
...the interaction of the movie's two leads, Reilly and Luna, is so good you might enjoy it for their performances alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 3, 2004
The movie was made just four years ago by Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky. It is called Nine Queens, and it is vastly superior to this blah U.S. remake from director Gregory Jacobs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 10, 2004
The disparity between Richard and Rodrigo is too great and the impossible coincidences of the ending are too far-fetched.
| Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 10, 2004
In a way, the whole movie is a con job -- offering an inferior copy of something that wasn't too wonderful to begin with, while pretending that it has something new and stylish to sell.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 8, 2004
The cast comes off like a buncha cute, likable kids playing dress-up, which only intensifies the movie's pointless karaoke flavor.
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Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
September 7, 2004
an easy mark to make and a hard movie to sell to paying customers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
July 2, 2005
Those viewers who watched NUEVE REINAS beforehand will be affected with increasingly unpleasant feeling of deja vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jesse Paddock
culturevulture.net
September 25, 2004
Itself something of a counterfeit, 'Criminal' loses coherence at each new plot twist, eventually becoming silly and contrived.
Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat
September 21, 2004
Not smooth or seductive enough to coerce you into taking it at face value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Beyrer
CinemaBlend.com
August 22, 2004
We got two and a half more months of crap to go before we get to the holiday/awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 16, 2004
The Argentinean film Nine Queens re-dealt in a by-the-numbers American version set in Los Angeles.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 8, 2004
Redundant.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2004
Criminal's biggest offense may be that Jacobs and his actors make absolutely no attempt to rewrite Nine Queens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2004
An exercise where viewers are likely to ponder not 'How did the characters do it?' but 'Who cares?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 11, 2004
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October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2004

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September 11, 2004

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September 11, 2004

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February 15, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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