The Underneath
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A remake of the classic Robert Siodmak film noir Criss Cross, Steven Soderbergh's The Underneath follows much the same plot and narrative arc of the original, but expands the possibilities of its thriller structure to also explore the complexities and insecurities at the heart of modern relationships. Peter Gallagher stars as Michael, a compulsive gambler who returns to his Texas home for the wedding of his mother (Anjanette Comer). In his absence, his ex-wife Rachel (Alison Elliott) has married Tommy (William Fichtner), a ruthless local hood. Michael and Rachel soon resume their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too chaotic to work as a thriller."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The film may turn out to have been more of a stylistic adventure for the director than for an audience."
‑ Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
"An absorbing, if an occasionally plodding, experience."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Really enjoyable, especially if you like intricate flashbacks and multiple storylines."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A diverting piece of moviemaking, thanks primarily to fine direction by Soderbergh."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"What The Underneath lacks is the kind of emotional connection that the best film noirs have. Instead of involving, this film is distancing, too given to admiring its own shiny surface."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Why did Soderbergh want to remake an old film noir, anyway? Take out the crime elements and flesh out the human elements here, and you have a more interesting movie, I think."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of Soderbbergh's weakest (and unnecessary) films, this exercise in film noir, a remake of the 1949 classic Criss Cross, is marred by weak dialogue and formulaic plot, again stressing the need of a gifted helmer like Soderbergh for stronger narrative"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Soderbergh is a talent, but he still hasn't found his groove. He seems to be searching for the project that will be a match for his talents. He needs to keep looking."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"A departure from the run-of- the-mill thriller."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Stylish, arty and quite enjoyable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Enquanto investe no desenvolvimento de seus personagens, o filme impressiona. Pena que acabe se perdendo ao insistir em várias reviravoltas pouco convincentes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"he movie's strong points (including some nice work by Gallagher) manage to outweigh the negatives."
‑ Christopher Null,
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