The Underneath
The Underneath (1995)

Director Steven Soderbergh jazzes up the 1949 Burt Lancaster film noir classic Criss Cross with elaborate flashbacks (and flash-forwards) in this tale of a collection of losers involved in an armored car robbery. Peter Gallagher stars as… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 28, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Pulp Fiction fresh.

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James Berardinelli

A departure from the run-of- the-mill thriller.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylish, arty and quite enjoyable.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Too chaotic to work as a thriller.

Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle

The film may turn out to have been more of a stylistic adventure for the director than for an audience.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

An absorbing, if an occasionally plodding, experience.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Ed Dutton: Michael, when you get to be my age you realize that sometimes the planets just don't line up. And there's nothing you can do about it. … More
Steve B.
A not-so-bad remake of an excellent film noir. If you're a Soderbergh fan, it might do something for you, but if not, seek out the original, Criss Cross.
Anthony Valletta
Solid Film Noir from Soderbergh, using some unique camera techniques.