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Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2001)

tomatometer

92

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 7

Deliciously twist-filled, Nine Queens is a clever and satisfying crime caper.

96

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 1

Deliciously twist-filled, Nine Queens is a clever and satisfying crime caper.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 13,341

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Movie Info

Argentine filmmaker Fabian Bielinsky makes his directorial debut with this taut crime thriller about a stamp and con artists on the make. The film opens with low-rent hustler Juan (Gaston Pauls) trying to scam the workers in a convenience store when Marcos (Ricardo Darin) steps in to arrest him. In truth, Marcos is veteran con himself and the two split the money after fleeing the scene. Soon after, Marcos asks Juan to be his partner in a series of small-time jobs. When one of the men gets a

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Fabián Bielinsky

Oct 1, 2002

$1.1M

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (7) | DVD (9)

A slick and thoroughly enjoyable con-artist movie.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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One of the most clever, most enjoyable thrillers in years.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The laughs are dark, the puzzle steadily more engrossing and the surprises, just like Heist, are doozies, up to the finale.

July 11, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Driven by a plot that's so tightly wound, we cannot look away for wanting to know what will happen next and who is double-crossing whom.

June 28, 2002
Arizona Republic
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If Nine Queens draws you on a journey that eventually leads up a garden path toward your own suckerhood, it's all the more pleasurable for having done so with such slick expertise.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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As an entertainment, the movie keeps you diverted and best of all, it lightens your wallet without leaving a sting.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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numerous twists and turns, but remains fun

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

A delightful, charming, confidently made confidence flick.

August 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

An Argentinian, Mamet-like confidence-game movie.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Bielinsky concocts a selection of tantalizing layers, from his Mamet-like dialogue to his chilly visuals.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

[Even after] the plot's spiralling, shimmering sleights of hand and its never-ending ruses and deceptions . . . the ending will still pull the rug out from under [you].

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

...by the time the end rolls around and the final twist has been revealed, it doesn't seem entirely plausible.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (4)
Reel Film Reviews

Story and style both keep viewers on their toes.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you dig on David Mamet's mind tricks...rent this movie and enjoy!

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A fascinating tale of deceit, deception, and things that may not be quite what they seem.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

[It's] a delicious crime drama on par with the slickest of Mamet.

September 29, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The film is witty, exciting and entertaining.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

This thoroughly engaging and endearing film is as much of a swindle as the plot itself, stealthily stealing your concentration and your affection even as it cheats you of a credible plot.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Clever but not especially compelling.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Argentine writer-director Fabian Bielinsky seems to be a criminal mastermind. Luckily for society, Bielinsky uses his powers for good.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

So engaging, so entertaining is this Mametian feast of con games and double-crosses that the subtitles seem to disappear and the reel change marks may as well not exist.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Bielinsky does good work laying the groundwork for doubt, but as the mounting obstacles to the handoff of the stamps become less and less believable, we can sense him straying ever farther from a sensible and satisfying resolution.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A welcome addition to the genre.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Nine Queens (Nueve reinas)

I hadn?t realised the film CRIMINAL was a re-make, of course it didn?t take me long to realise that this was the original film. I usually prefer to watch the original first, but found both equally entertaining and enjoyed both portrayals of characters in each film.

Always enjoyed the ending to this one.
November 22, 2009
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

A wonderful stroll with two scam artists proving why there's no one else to trust in the deceitful concrete jungle. a film that will hold your breath till the last minute. superbly written, acted and staged.
December 24, 2007
pier007

Super Reviewer

If you like this too, you will definitely want to see CRIMINAL, the American remake. It's fun to compare and contrast.
April 22, 2006
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