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Despite the valiant efforts of a game and talented cast, Criminal has little to offer beyond the bare minimum expected by the most undemanding of genre enthusiasts.



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From Summit Entertainment. The memories and skills of a CIA agent are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal in order to stop an international terrorist. (C) Summit

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Kevin Costner
as Jericho Stewart
Gary Oldman
as Quaker Wells
Tommy Lee Jones
as Dr. Franks
Ryan Reynolds
as Bill Pope
Jordi Molla
as Xavier Heimdahl
Gal Gadot
as Jill Pope
Michael Pitt
as Jan Strook – The Dutchman
Amaury Nolasco
as Esteban Ruiza
Alice Eve
as Marta Lynch
Antje Traue
as Elsa Mueller
Scott Adkins
as Pete Greensleeves
Lara Decaro
as Emma Pope
Freddy Bosche
as CIA Agent Pfeffer
Emmanuel Imani
as CIA Agent #2
Harry Hepple
as CIA Tech
Doug Cockle
as Extraction Team Leader
Steve Nicolson
as SSBN Captain
Sope Dirisu
as SSBN Fire & Control
Gisella Marengo
as Luggage Shop Saleswoman
Mark Kempner
as Black Cab Driver
Michael Bodie
as CIA Officer Laundry Team
Samantha Coughlan
as Navy Officer
Danny Webb
as Lewis Deane
David Avery
as Kebab Clerk
Joe Fidler
as Radio Man Fred Bosh
Michael Webber
as Pawnbroker
Richard Reid
as James Osborne
Joanna Brookes
as Librarian
Katharine Gwen
as Francoise
Matthew Steer
as Librarian
Andrew Byron
as Russian Sentry
Kelly Clare
as Pedestrian
Elizabeth Ross
as Mrs. Franks
James Richard Marshall
as Heimdahl's Guard
Henry Garrett
as Air Force Technician
Tim Woodward
as Roderick Armstrong
Nathan Osgood
as Professor Callowell
Sarah Middleton
as Researcher
Priyanga Burford
as Pharmacist
Steven Brand
as News Anchor
Piers Morgan
as Himself
Louis Tamone
as MI-5 Officer
Tamer Dogem
as Kebab Cook
Ian Burfield
as Fisherman/Father
Diana Dimitrovici
as Very Attractive Nurse
Amina Zia
as Indian Woman
Natalie Marie Ames
as Female News Anchor
Luca Giorgio Maggiora
as Kebab Hooligan #1
Mark Smith
as Kebab Hooligan #2
Mark Underwood
as Heimdahl's Man
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Critic Reviews for Criminal

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (29)

  • It's lazy, corrupt and sleazy filmmaking, the kind of film that's killing the business.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Costner, in full badass mode, makes this crackpot premise work.

    Apr 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The movie is a little more fun than it has any right to be, thanks to its super-serious cast (including Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, and Gal Gadot) and the straight-faced approach to its ridiculous shenanigans.

    Apr 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • All the ingredients are there for a pleasant pander to grumpy old white men: the craggy actors, the foreign bad guys wielding confusing technology, the kindness of beautiful young women, and the nobility of sacrifice.

    Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Criminal is an action-thriller with a science fiction twist. To the extent that its purpose is to energize and involve an audience, it succeeds.

    Apr 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Neither scriptwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg nor Vromen in the director's chair are subtle enough to figure out how to do both action and character.

    Apr 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Criminal

  • Mar 23, 2017
    Criminal is a gritty spy thriller with a sci-fi edge. When a CIA agent is killed during an op to stop a terrorist from getting a computer program that can hack a country's nuclear defense codes an experimental procedure is done to transfer his memories to someone else; a medically compatible death-row inmate who begins to integrate the memories and eventual attempts to complete the mission. Featuring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, the film has an impressive cast. And the action scenes are intense and exciting. But the writing is rather weak, and doesn't do a very good job at selling the believability of the concept or the plot. Also, the characters are all pretty much generic stereotypes. Yet for a formulaic action-film, Criminal is entertaining and provides a number of thrilling fight and chase sequences.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2017
    moments of goodness mostly washed out by poor execution
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2016
    Despite some glaring inaccuracies about how British people speak I actually enjoyed this solely to see Kevin Costner be the bad guy. Sadly though, something of a waste of the talented cast on offer.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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