Criminal isn’t easy to follow, but it’s not supposed to be: this Steven Soderbergh-produced tale of trickery is in itself one big con, a bait-and-switch done with style, skill and more than a little mischief. John C. Reilly is excellent as the amoral (but well-dressed) crook whose own confidence game gets the better of him (or does it?) when he takes on Diego Luna as an apprentice; Maggie Gyllenhaal is stone-cold sexiness as Reilly’s sister to whom Luna takes a shine. The film’s final twist isn’t so much necessary as it is inevitable; while the end of this deceitful journey may not be as satisfying as the actual getting there, Criminal is still worth your time… and confidence. Or is it?
Who exactly is the con man and what exactly is the con? Not even the screenwriter knows for sure in this twisty-turny thriller, now available on Netflix Instant.