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Criminal Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 13, 2004
... unfolds like a David Mamet film ...
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 12, 2004
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
Reilly and Luna make a chemically appealing screen team.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 10, 2004
Maybe watching Reilly, Luna and Gyllenhaal is quite enough entertainment value for any movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2004
The problems lie not with the actors but with a glib approach that exposes the flaws of the original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 10, 2004
Those unfamiliar with Fabian Bielinsky's 2002 film will delight to this delicious deviousness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2004
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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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 10, 2004
Doesn't exactly reinvigorate an overworked genre, but neither does it disgrace the format or the original movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 10, 2004
A breathless and dazzling caper that knocks your socks off.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 10, 2004
It's such a pleasure being in the company of these actors as they work with character-rich material that if they burst into the audience and swindled us out of our wallets, we would gladly oblige.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 10, 2004
It's a listless, dutiful affair -- a cover version played out of obligation, not inspiration.
Full Review | 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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 10, 2004
This is the kind of movie so full of coincidence and double crosses that you simply don't have the mental energy to go back and sort it all out at the end.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 10, 2004
Some snappy dialogue, fine performances and lots of shady atmosphere give Criminal a tasty B-movie flavor.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 10, 2004
What elevates Criminal into a delicious con in the league of Red Rock West, House of Games or Matchstick Men is John C. Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 10, 2004
Reilly sheds a career playing dupes and schlubs and gives his first full-tilt electric performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2004
We know someone is pulling something, and someone is going to get away with something, and someone is going to be left holding the bag of cheese, but Jacobs keeps us on our toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 9, 2004
John C. Reilly stars as a gimlet-eyed con man in this clever and diverting adaptation of the Argentine thriller Nine Queens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 9, 2004
It's all done with sufficient style that, when we get there, the end no longer feels like the point.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 9, 2004
Criminal does what every good con-game movie should: It keeps you guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 9, 2004
Criminal is the sort of movie David Mamet would love -- or make.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 9, 2004
It's hip, witty and fun, and will remind you why movies are made in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 9, 2004
It's an auspicious debut for first-timer Gregory Jacobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 9, 2004
Fans of con-man capers will have no regrets after watching Criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
Caper-movie lightning in a bottle, Criminal grifts the audience in a spectacular way.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2004
Although Criminal retains its source material's cleverness and intricate plotting, something seems to have been lost in the translation.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
The performances are winning -- Gyllenhaal is particularly sharp as an aggrieved sibling, and there's mutual zing in her scenes with Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
September 7, 2004
If you missed the original, Criminal is a reasonable facsimile.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2004
The result isn't as compelling as Nine Queens, but it's a respectable caper movie in the tradition of The Sting and David Mamet's Heist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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