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Croupier (1998)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 1

The writer slumming for human truths and real experience is a common enough story, but this cool-headed and slick thriller provides a gut-churningly compelling backdrop to a look at our darker sides.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

The writer slumming for human truths and real experience is a common enough story, but this cool-headed and slick thriller provides a gut-churningly compelling backdrop to a look at our darker sides.



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Movie Info

A man finds his personal and professional loyalties divides by his new career at a casino in this crime drama. Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a cocky, supremely confident man who wants to be a writer. Jack's long struggle to finish his first novel has landed him deep in debt, and his father (Nicholas Ball) volunteers to get him a job in a casino in London. While Jack doesn't gamble himself, he has the dexterity (and enough contempt for the game) to be a good dealer. He's soon making a tidy living


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Paul Mayersberg

Mar 26, 2001

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (1) | DVD (11)

Croupier is taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as its protagonist.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Gambling and gamblers are a movie staple, but Croupier comes at the sport and its population from a fresh and, finally, rewardingly wide perspective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The choice of Clive Owen as the star is a good one. He's got the same sort of physical reserve as Sean Connery in the Bond pictures.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Owen is superb.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Clive Owen's breakthrough role

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

For refusing to lie down and let his film die and for returning some much needed cred to British cinema, Hodges deserves another roll of the dice.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

One of the very best movies of this beloved and sleazy genre.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...a model of what might be accomplished by a capable director working on a small budget - namely one of the best films of the year.

August 8, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

For once here is a British film that is both tough and intelligent, and so well-researched that it will probably tell you more about how casinos work than had it been a documentary.

June 5, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

It's more of an art movie than a thriller, but it's still gripping, persuasive, unsettling stuff.

June 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's a real surprise to watch Hodges examine the humanity of his characters instead of just having them run around and kill each other.

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Far more successful at the gambler's rush than Matt Damon's schoolboy lessons in Rounders, Croupier is worth taking a chance on.

February 22, 2001 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, it's the finely drawn characters, the unusual setting and a completely engrossing story that make this one a winner.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Airless, mannered mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Comments (4)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

As for director Hodges, he has made a thinking man's thriller that comes up aces.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The real star of Croupier is Hodges, whose ability to create gripping tension and icy humor makes every second of his film infectiously watchable.

January 1, 2000

A pleasant surprise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

With a sleek look and feel, the movie has stylish atmospherics and a detached approach that is a far cry from the typical in-your-face Hollywood production.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Clive Owen impresses in this monochromatic card-sharp drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

This is an overlooked noir thriller...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Croupier is a thriller without car chases or explosions which works as an intense, swiftly-paced winner.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Audience Reviews for Croupier

As much as I loved the 90's, Croupier seems very dated, before it should be really. I like the idea and i like the story, I just don't think it was directed very well. In fact I'd go as far to say it looks amateurish and a bit 'Made for TV'. Mike Hodges is a better director than this so I'm not sure went wrong. Clive Owen is ok and it was a blast from the past seeing Paul Reynolds again but the rest of the cast are pretty dire. Gina McKee was awful in fact and Kate Hardie's performance summed up how females were unfortunately portrayed in 90's dramas perfectly. Alex Kingston was ok though, annoying how I used to watch Moll Flanders again and again to see her boobs when I could have been watching this all alone and seen everything. Naughty boy that I was, still, Moll Flanders was a hell of a lot better. I'm not sure I get the love this film seems to have got over the years.
May 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

Unconventional story - almost a head-scratcher to follow - that's plagued, unfortunately, by a low budget and a strange lack of reaction by the protagonist when someone close to him dies. Solid contemporary noir, though, that sets up a few narrative frames: Jack is a writer who works as a croupier, writing a novel about Jake, a croupier... Striking, original film that does a lot with a little and features a good performance by a young Clive Owen. Roll the dice on it [rimshot goes here]!
February 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

There are few movies that actually take a look at the deep issues of people in the gambling business. Clive Owens was just fantastic playing Jack, a writer to be while having a talent with cards. With a wonderful story, the stylish background was beautiful. If you liked this, you should watch Hard Eight.
January 21, 2011
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paul oh

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This movie has a lot of things going for it. Clive Owen, gambling and violence. But as an American used to American movies of the same nature, this movie just doesn't pul it's own weight. It is a "crime drama thriller," that fails to be thrilling.
November 15, 2010

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