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The Underneath (1995)

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44

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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38

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 1,422

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A remake of the classic Robert Siodmak film noir Criss Cross, Steven Soderbergh's The Underneath follows much the same plot and narrative arc of the original, but expands the possibilities of its thriller structure to also explore the complexities and insecurities at the heart of modern relationships. Peter Gallagher stars as Michael, a compulsive gambler who returns to his Texas home for the wedding of his mother (Anjanette Comer). In his absence, his ex-wife Rachel (Alison Elliott) has married

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sam Lowry

Nov 17, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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Too chaotic to work as a thriller.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What The Underneath lacks is the kind of emotional connection that the best film noirs have. Instead of involving, this film is distancing, too given to admiring its own shiny surface.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A departure from the run-of- the-mill thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The film may turn out to have been more of a stylistic adventure for the director than for an audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Why did Soderbergh want to remake an old film noir, anyway? Take out the crime elements and flesh out the human elements here, and you have a more interesting movie, I think.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Stylish, arty and quite enjoyable.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An absorbing, if an occasionally plodding, experience.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

One of Soderbbergh's weakest (and unnecessary) films, this exercise in film noir, a remake of the 1949 classic Criss Cross, is marred by weak dialogue and formulaic plot, again stressing the need of a gifted helmer like Soderbergh for stronger narrative

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Enquanto investe no desenvolvimento de seus personagens, o filme impressiona. Pena que acabe se perdendo ao insistir em várias reviravoltas pouco convincentes.

December 3, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Really enjoyable, especially if you like intricate flashbacks and multiple storylines.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Soderbergh is a talent, but he still hasn't found his groove. He seems to be searching for the project that will be a match for his talents. He needs to keep looking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

he movie's strong points (including some nice work by Gallagher) manage to outweigh the negatives.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A diverting piece of moviemaking, thanks primarily to fine direction by Soderbergh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Underneath

Ed Dutton: Michael, when you get to be my age you realize that sometimes the planets just don't line up. And there's nothing you can do about it. 

"For passion, betrayal and murder... there's still no place like home."

First off, I haven't seen Criss Cross, so I'm judging this movie based only on itself. It's definitely my least favorite film from Soderbergh. The acting is bad and the dialogue is also horrible. Peter Gallagher, while by no means a terrible actor, just can't hold a movie like this up by himself. William Fitchner is good in his role, but it is still to small to make the movie any better for it. The worst acting comes from two women though, Elizabeth Shue and Alison Elliot. They made ever scene that they were in unbearable to watch.

Michael returns home because his mom is getting remarried. His new stepdad offers to help him get a job as an armored truck driver. It is pretty obvious what is going to happen from here. He's going to try to pull off a robbery. Along the way, he tries to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife, who is now married to a crook.

The only saving grace in this film, is Soderbergh's cool little tricks that you see in all his movies. In the end, it isn't enough to save an overall worthless film. The movie meanders on at an amazingly boring rate for an hour and then decides to speed up for the last thirty. Then the plot gets all twisty and it just doesn't work. I didn't buy the ending at all.

Still, it's worth a look if you are a Soderbergh fan. If not, this definitely isn't going to make you one. It would probably just turn you against him more.
October 20, 2011
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Melvin White

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A not-so-bad remake of an excellent film noir. If you're a Soderbergh fan, it might do something for you, but if not, seek out the original, Criss Cross.
January 9, 2007
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Steve B.

Super Reviewer

Solid Film Noir from Soderbergh, using some unique camera techniques.
July 9, 2008
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