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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Noir movie exposes gambling world; sex, violence, cursing.

Movie NR 1998 94 minutes
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Director Mike Hodges (Get Carter) steers this project about an arrogant anti-hero operating in an ugly environment so steadily that we root for the smug guy even as he betrays his own code. Croupier launched the international movie career of the smoldering Clive Owens (Closer, Children of Men, Inside Man). Tense and contained, he uses his quiet voice and calm demeanor to hide roiling emotions and deep intelligence beneath the surface. Although many plot points may not bear logical scrutiny, the overarching cynicism tell us the whole story. Jack presents himself as an unflappable and experienced veteran, but it turns out that knowledge doesn't offer as much protection from scams as he expected. Jack expects his superior understanding of casino policies to protect him from scheming swindlers, and the movie proves there's no protection.

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