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A con artist finds family squabbles are getting in the way of a major payday in this sharp blend of comedy and suspense, based on the Argentinean hit Nueve Reinas (aka Nine Queens). Richard Gaddis (John C. Reilly) is a smart-suited confidence man who knows how to run a big con but prefers to pull off a number of small scams over the course of the day, cheating a lot of folks out of a little instead of taking one or two for a lot. One day, while looking for marks at a gambling casino, Gaddis spies Rodrigo (Diego Luna), a fellow grifter with little polish but obvious talent. Gaddis takes Rodrigo… 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
"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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