Croupier (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 21, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Brandon Judell

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.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Gambling and gamblers are a movie staple, but Croupier comes at the sport and its population from a fresh and, finally, rewardingly wide perspective.

Dan Jardine

Clive Owen's breakthrough role

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Croupier is taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as its protagonist.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Clive Owen conveys a sharp, cynical intelligence that rolls off the screen in waves whenever he widens his glittering blue eyes.

Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

For refusing to lie down and let his film die and for returning some much needed cred to British cinema, Hodges deserves another roll of the dice.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The choice of Clive Owen as the star is a good one. He's got the same sort of physical reserve as Sean Connery in the Bond pictures.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of the very best movies of this beloved and sleazy genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
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… More
Wahida K
Hang On Tightly... Let Go Lightly
paul oh
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… More
Drew Smith
Clive Owen, sexiest motherfucker on the whole damn block, ladies and gentlemen. He'll never top this. This is how to craft a badass without making him seem… More
Cynthia S.
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… More
Tim Sigur
Huge Clive Owen fan (like Caine, reeks off badassness). I liked this film, but felt that it fell apart in the end. My favorite part of the story was the writer… More