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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here's the problem: The movie was made just four years ago by Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky. It is called "Nine Queens," and it is vastly superior to this blah U.S. remake from director Gregory Jacobs. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The problems lie not with the actors but with a glib approach that exposes the flaws of the original story. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The casting falters on every level compared with Queens. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Apart from Luna's exquisitely subtle performance, Criminal's strongest suit is the so-artless-it's-artful cinematography by Chris Menges, which gives the impression of being shot by a fly on the wall. Similarly, Alex Wurman's jazz-infused score contributes to the improvisational atmosphere. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The movie is fast and fun. Best of all are the actors, who likewise seem to know they've lucked into a rare good gig. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Although Criminal retains its source material's cleverness and intricate plotting, something seems to have been lost in the translation. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Jacobs keeps the action moving rapidly and gets solid performances from an ensemble cast, especially the rumpled Reilly. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Just as exciting and socially vivid as Bielinsky's. Yet, somehow it's more stressful. The American characters practically sweat desperation. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A respectable caper movie in the tradition of "The Sting" and David Mamet's "Heist." show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The performances of Luna and, especially, Reilly, make the film more enthralling than it perhaps deserves to be. show more

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