• Criminal (2004)


Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2005

R |1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis (John C. Reilly), recruits Rodrigo (Diego Luna), a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan (Peter Mullan). Rodrigo distrusts his new associate, but needs money to help out his ill father. The situation becomes more complicated when Rodrigo falls for Gaddis' sister, Valerie (Maggie Gyllenhaal), drawing another player into the game.

Cast: John C. Reilly, Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Mullan, Zitto Kazann, Brandon Keener, Maeve Quinlan

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Criminal Films Inc., Section Eight Ltd.

Keywords: Love, Father, Cool, Suspenseful, Transformation, 2000s, Deception, Los Angeles, Sister, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jami BernardNew 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 ScheckThe 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
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia 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

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