Critic Consensus: The writer slumming for human truths and real experience is a common enough story, but this cool-headed and slick thriller provides a gut-churningly compelling backdrop to a look at our darker sides.
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Critic Reviews for Croupier
Coolly hypnotic, the lean British sleeper Croupier is a reminder that movies don't have to wave their arms and scream to hold our attention.
But it's Clive Owen, who was so fine as the homosexual imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in "Bent," who steals the show. If you need an actor who emotes thunderstorms while his flesh is as still as a spring day, look no further.
Croupier is taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as its protagonist.
Polished and adroit ado about next to nothing, Hodges's film owes everything to Owen, who nails the vaguely unsavory, unreadable, half-lidded hunks that inhabit every profitable entertainment-industry outpost.
With its fascinating, multi-layered plot, intelligent screenplay, and subtle-yet-undeniable tension building, Croupier is an engrossing, stylish thriller that never threatens to wear out its welcome.
Audience Reviews for Croupier
Unconventional story - almost a head-scratcher to follow - that's plagued, unfortunately, by a low budget and a strange lack of reaction by the protagonist when someone close to him dies. Solid contemporary noir, though, that sets up a few narrative frames: Jack is a writer who works as a croupier, writing a novel about Jake, a croupier... Striking, original film that does a lot with a little and features a good performance by a young Clive Owen. Roll the dice on it [rimshot goes here]!
There are few movies that actually take a look at the deep issues of people in the gambling business. Clive Owens was just fantastic playing Jack, a writer to be while having a talent with cards. With a wonderful story, the stylish background was beautiful. If you liked this, you should watch Hard Eight.
This movie has a lot of things going for it. Clive Owen, gambling and violence. But as an American used to American movies of the same nature, this movie just doesn't pul it's own weight. It is a "crime drama thriller," that fails to be thrilling.