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Criminal Reviews

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Jesse Paddock
September 25, 2004
Itself something of a counterfeit, 'Criminal' loses coherence at each new plot twist, eventually becoming silly and contrived.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 24, 2004
Maybe I'm dense, but the finale of Criminal left me not exactly sure what was won and what was lost or why I should care.
| Original Score: 5/10
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 24, 2004
You can't go too far wrong on the performance front with John C. Reilly, Diego Luna or Maggie Gyllenhaal, but this one never really goes above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 23, 2004
Like déjà vu all over again.
| Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat
September 21, 2004
Not smooth or seductive enough to coerce you into taking it at face value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 21, 2004
even when the emotional aspect of the story starts to work, it is ultimately undermined by a final twist
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
September 20, 2004
A competent Americanization of the Argentinian film "Nine Queens," with John C. Reilly seemingly enjoying his atypical leading role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Hollywood Bitchslap
September 19, 2004
Criminal can be praised and damned for its fidelity to the Argentinean masterpiece Nine Queens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 19, 2004
If subtitles are not your thing and you're in the mood to witness an elegant con job in the classic Mamet mold, then Criminal is the card to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 16, 2004
The Argentinean film Nine Queens re-dealt in a by-the-numbers American version set in Los Angeles.
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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.
Harvey S. Karten
September 12, 2004
This remake of 'Nine Queens' is just as absorbing for those who did not see the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 11, 2004
Discerning audiences won't be scammed with this one.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
September 11, 2004
This double-whammy re-make will keep you guessing until the end.
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Todd Gilchrist
September 10, 2004
Cast against type, Reilly unequivocally demonstrates the range, versatility, and ability that made him such a hot prospect over the last decade.
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
September 10, 2004
...newbies looking for an easy-breezy Ocean's Eleven-and-a-Half should get a kick out of this frugally low-key, innocuous cover song of a caper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Havens
September 10, 2004
It is near impossible to make a great movie about con artists, because of the very nature of the genre itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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