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A contemporary caper story centering upon an extremely odd couple: a young Latino man who will do anything for his family and a thirty-something scheming white guy who will do anything to his family. One wants to save his father. The other wants to get rich, in any way possible. So when they come across one of the most valuable pieces of currency in U.S. history, they're suddenly stuck together, and that's just--criminal. All they have to do is sell it, which is where the real problems begin. The only way out is family but the one person who can help them, hates them: the schemer's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This con man movie is best for older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Con film aficionados won't find the picture revolutionary, but even they should enjoy the structure, craftsmanship and a nice supporting performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...the interaction of the movie's two leads, Reilly and Luna, is so good you might enjoy it for their performances alone."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Reilly and Luna make a chemically appealing screen team."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Like Richard Widmark, [John C. Reilly] is an excellent character actor who can convey both likeability and pathetical desperation simultaneously."
‑ Uri Lessing,
"A second-generation photocopy of a David Mamet cryptogram."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"it's Training Day for confidence tricksters, an exciting 24-hour tour of LA's underworld with a headache-inducing sting in its tail."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"... unfolds like a David Mamet film ..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Jacobs -- who for many years was Soderbergh's assistant director -- keeps things moving at a sprightly pace, and cinematographer Chris Menges does a terrific job of capturing L.A. in all its mercurial glory."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Those viewers who watched NUEVE REINAS beforehand will be affected with increasingly unpleasant feeling of deja vu."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"[It's] a safer, watered-down, but still enjoyable redo."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Considerando-se que o ótimo Nove Rainhas foi realizado há apenas alguns anos, esta refilmagem soa desnecessária, por mais interessante que seja seu roteiro."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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