Two con artists try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of an extremely rare currency bill.

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Gregory Jacobs

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Fabián Bielinsky (film Nueve reinas), Gregory Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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John C. Reilly ... Richard Gaddis
Diego Luna ... Rodrigo
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Valerie
Peter Mullan ... William Hannigan
Zitto Kazann ... Ochoa
Jonathan Tucker ... Michael Gaddis
Laura Cerón ... Waitress (as Laura Ceron)
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Waitress #2
Ellen Geer ... Grandma
Brandon Keener ... Waiter / Daniel
Nick Anavio Nick Anavio ... Café Manager
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Woman in Elevator
Maeve Quinlan ... Heather / Soccer Mom
Brent Sexton ... Ron
Malik Yoba ... Frank Hill
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In Los Angeles, Richard Gaddis and a Mexican immigrant named Rodrigo, both small time con men, meet in the progress of one of their cons gone wrong, the other who proves to be the savior in the situation. Richard is looking for someone to replace his old partner, "the Jew", so that he can move onto bigger cons, while Rodrigo is trying to obtain money to help his ill father pay off some major debts. Despite their differences in operation - Richard whose cons are more in your face and he working on the premise that one needs to look rich to get rich, while Rodrigo doesn't like to bring attention to himself and thus his grifting ways - they decide to join forces. Although neither fully trusts the other, their partnership is forged on what the other can do for him: Richard figures that Rodrigo's innocent look can play to their advantage, while Rodrigo - who Richard renames "Brian" to make him seem more Caucasian and thus trustworthy - sees working with Richard as a means to get to his ... Written by Huggo

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The end credits mention special thanks to Ted Griffin, who was the writer of Ocean's Eleven, which starred George Clooney and which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who both co-produced Criminal. See more »

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When Richard and Rodrigo are walking down the street, the briefcase jumps from Richard's left hand to his right hand (next to Rodrigo). See more »

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Richard Gaddis: You know what the biggest jerk-off of all is? Beyond family even, because you can't control your family, is jobs. I mean, this totally mystifies me. Can you believe people actually accept this? It's like you work all day, people tell you what to do all day long. You know, and then on top of taking shit all day, they can fire you.
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Remake of Nine Queens (2000) See more »

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Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
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"What's with the raped-virgin look?"
3 May 2005 | by mik-19See all my reviews

Con-man Richard (John C. Reilly) enlists Mexican petty thief Rodrigo (Diego Luna) as his new temporary partner, and soon they are engaged in a huge scam involving counterfeit money, being helped along by Richard's skeptical sister Valerie (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

In 'Criminal' you soon learn not to believe ANYTHING you see! It is an object lesson in distrust, but an engaging and wonderfully entertaining one. Who is going to f... whom over, that's what it is all about. Richard conned his two younger siblings out of their share of the inheritance after their mother, but he whines and bitches at every turn, and he proves himself to be both antisemitic and anti-black. When once again he has tried to cheat his new partner out of his cut, he exclaims, "What's with the raped-virgin look?". Richard is a terrible, terrible person, a thoroughly rotten apple who believes that "F...ing, that's when you're handcuffed on the pavement". Anything short of that he can deal with, squirming like a worm. Of his victims he says, "I don't feel anything for them. They're marks. Some of them are dumber than f ... pets!". John C. Reilly is very good in the part, although I found myself longing for just one other color on the palette, just some surprise, something not too predictable.

He says to Rodrigo, "You got something that money and practice can't buy, you look like a nice guy", and Diego Luna (the 'other' guy from 'And You Mother Too', alongside Gabriel García Bernal) has a puppy-dog appeal that works like a charm. He has genuine, unforced charm and is cuddly at all times.

Obviously, if you have watched 'The Sting' or films like the great French caper 'Les ripoux' ('My New Partner', 1984), 'Criminal' will offer you nothing new or sensational. It does have a really nice feel to it, though, taking its leisurely time to get rolling, enabling us to get to know these people. Or so we think ...

7/10


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24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$283,209, 12 September 2004

Gross USA:

$929,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,398,053
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