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Criminal (2004)



Critic Consensus: If you saw Nine Queens, it may feel redundant, but the snappy performances make it fun to watch.

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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 sister.

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John C. Reilly
as Richard Gaddis
Diego Luna
as Rodrigo
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Valerie Gaddis
Jonathan Tucker
as Michael Gaddis
Peter Mullan
as William Hannigan
Laura Cerón
as Waitress
Soledad St. Hilaire
as Waitress No. 2
Brandon Keener
as Waiter/Daniel
Gary Mack
as Security Guard
Ellen Geer
as Grandma
Enrico Colantoni
as Bookish Man
Nick Anavio
as Cafe Manager
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
as Woman in Elevator
Malik Yoba
as Frank Hill
Lillian Hurst
as Mrs. Ochoa
Jack Conley
as Henry the Angry Man
Juan Carlos Cantu
as Rodrigo's Dad
Manuel G. Jimenez
as Briefcase Thief
Patricia Belcher
as Female Bank Executive
Paul Norwood
as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Criminal

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (42)

This con man movie is best for older teens and up.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A second-generation photocopy of a David Mamet cryptogram.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

September 24, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 24, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

If subtitles are not your thing and you're in the mood to witness an elegant con job in the classic Mamet mold, then Criminal is the card to play.

September 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

... unfolds like a David Mamet film ...

September 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for Criminal


I really, really, really think that EVERYONE should see this film. It was one of the most entertaining films I've watched all year. In a world where only morbid/ depressing movies are considered excellent and plot less, big-budget films rule the box-office it is nice to see a smaller budget film that has fun with itself. The cast in this film is superb. Diego Luna especially gives a great performance. He is endearing, lovable, enthusiastic, and intelligent in his portrayal of "Brian." It was nice to see him in this context and I personally believe that he thrived in the part. He is an excellent actor and i have to admit that I am now a fan.I almost always guess the "surprise" ending in movies that claim to have one, but this film still has me wondering how i didn't get it. Do yourself a favor and see this movie!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to tell you the plot because I don't trust myself not to give anything away. If you enjoy caper/mystery/ entertaining movies go see this one. 3/1/2 Stars 3=21=13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Decent film about two con men, but you kind of figure there is going to be double crossing and it's not very shocking when it happens. I think with this type of movie it's kind of, seen one, seen them all, but as they are not really a favourite genre of mine anyhow, I would say this was a good one as I did enjoy it and didn't get overly bored watching it. Cast are all good.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A fun movie that had a lot of great twists and great acting. While I really hated the cinematography and general direction, it was just too well written and energetic to not like. John C. Reilly was flawless, he continues to amaze me time and time again. He is one of the most gifted and versatile actors working in Hollywood. I'd say it's a definite must for any fans of hustler films.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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