Croupier (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Croupier (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

London's gambling world is the setting for this complex thriller, where aspiring writer Jack Manfred, suffering from writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Knowing the dangers of the cards, Jack is adamant about remaining a professional outsider, but the temptations of the game inevitably swallow him deeper than he could have ever anticipated.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Mayersberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 2001
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Clive Owen
as Jack Manfred
Alex Kingston
as Jani de Villiers
Gina McKee
as Marion
Nicholas Ball
as Jack's Father
Rhona Mitra
as Girl with Joint
Simon Fisher Turner
as Ironic Punter
Alexander Morton
as David Reynolds
Ozzie Yue
as Mr. Tchai
Ciro De Chiara
as Arabic Man
Barnaby Kay
as Car Dealer
Sheila Whitfield
as Manicurist
Eddie Osei
as Indian Punter
George Khan
as Med. Man
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News & Interviews for Croupier

Critic Reviews for Croupier

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (18)

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

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's very cool. It's only kind of good.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

For 95 percent of the way, it is an engrossing tour of an attractively seamy side of life and a fascinating character study, despite having a novelist for a hero.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Not since 1971's Get Carter has British director Mike Hodges made a movie as deep, dark and compelling as this thriller.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Clive Owen's breakthrough role

Full Review… | May 3, 2013

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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2003

Audience Reviews for Croupier


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]!

Daniel Perry

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.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Croupier Quotes

Bella: Tits and a uniform.. punters love it.
– Submitted by matthew b (3 years ago)

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