Croupier (2000)



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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London's gambling world is the setting for this complex thriller, where aspiring writer Jack Manfred, suffering from writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Knowing the dangers of the cards, Jack is adamant about remaining a professional outsider, but the temptations of the game inevitably swallow him deeper than he could have ever anticipated.
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Clive Owen
as Jack Manfred
Alex Kingston
as Jani de Villiers
Kate Hardie
as Bella
Gina McKee
as Marion
Nicholas Ball
as Jack's Father
Rhona Mitra
as Girl with Joint
Simon Fisher Turner
as Ironic Punter
Alexander Morton
as David Reynolds
Ozzie Yue
as Mr. Tchai
James Clyde
as Gordon
Emma Lewis
as Fiona
Ciro De Chiara
as Arabic Man
Barnaby Kay
as Car Dealer
Sheila Whitfield
as Manicurist
Eddie Osei
as Indian Punter
Claudine Carter
as Woman II
George Khan
as Med. Man
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Critic Reviews for Croupier

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
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Full Review… | April 26, 2007
New York Observer
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Croupier is taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as its protagonist.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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]!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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