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Indebted to a ruthless crime boss, four friends must kidnap a family member of a rival kingpin as payback.

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Critic Reviews for Criminal Activities

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (11)

  • Its combined cast has an all-ages appeal, although Robert Lowell's screenplay struggles to drive through 94 minutes.

    November 20, 2015
  • "Criminal Activities" is a sneaky, snaky little crime thriller with some pretty impressive plot twists.

    November 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Haley whips it into something reasonably entertaining even as you start thinking about how truly great "Get Shorty" and Travolta's Chili Palmer were midway through those double-crossing criminal activities.

    November 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed "The Usual Suspects," "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty," it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery.

    November 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It owes as much to Quentin Tarantino as the four bunglers owe to Eddie. Yet it doesn't feel like a mere imitation; it has too much wit and too many striking performances for that.

    November 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An eleventh hour twist adds a bit of intrigue, and everyone - including Haley himself, as a henchman - seems to be having a pretty good time.

    November 19, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Its combined cast has an all-ages appeal, although Robert Lowell's screenplay struggles to drive through 94 minutes.

    November 20, 2015
  • "Criminal Activities" is a sneaky, snaky little crime thriller with some pretty impressive plot twists.

    November 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Haley whips it into something reasonably entertaining even as you start thinking about how truly great "Get Shorty" and Travolta's Chili Palmer were midway through those double-crossing criminal activities.

    November 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed "The Usual Suspects," "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty," it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery.

    November 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The screenplay piles it on with extra storylines, all of which give no nuance to the characters or make any of the conflict more exciting or original.

    January 26, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • While it seemingly draws on the likes Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and True Romance, there's still something alluring and awfully inviting about Jackie Earle Haley's lively and intriguing directorial debut, Criminal Activities.

    March 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 25, 2017
    Very average. Honestly I wouldn't have watched this if Michael Pitt wasn't in it, and as it happens, his character is such a pig and bully, I couldn't even enjoy watching him. He's a good actor, that's not a go at him, I just really didn't enjoy this story or the character. I really miss the more arty films he used to star in. Well, as for the rest of the film, it pretty much drags and is boring. The end redeems it a little, but it's a lot to sit through for that small payoff. Admittedly, I don't tend to enjoy this genre, maybe those who do would get a little more out of it. It's not a bad movie as such, it's just a little lacking.
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