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Sneaks up on you.
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written by HNewman August 20, 2007 - 4:15 PM PDT
Yeah, again meta-film story within a story. . . so you have to follow closely. . . but Clive Owen is a very good actor. Obviously made for Brit. tv, but still better than most you'd see on US tv. A little kick in the ass at the end, but if you've got half a brain you've guessed it. . . still good though.

Too dated to be good?
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written by Biehlanphear July 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM PDT
The story of Croupier is sharp and sometimes tense, but everything else about the film is so dated, it's hard to watch and keep a straight face. From Clive Owen's blond hair and NKOTB hat and suspenders to the smirky attitudes, this movie seems like it was made 10 years earlier than it claims. Is this a surprise from the director of Flash Gordon? The story is good, though. I think it's ripe for a remake ala Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped"

You have to make a choice in life: Be a gambler or a croupier.
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written by Misshaped May 25, 2004 - 6:33 PM PDT
13 out of 14 members found this review helpful
The stone faced Jack Manfred lies through his teeth with a cold and calculated stare, and as a viewer I am never quite sure what to believe about him. A very interesting backstory is hinted throughout this film and the plot is fluid enough to go in any direction. Jack swears he doesn't gamble yet he manupulates chips and cards like an expert card sharp. Is he writing a book and taking the job as a croupier to be a more authentic author or is he just doing this to be part of the world of gambling? His father claims riches and success yet he mixes drinks at a poolside bar. Does Jack love his girlfriend, or the fellow dealer he works with at the casino, or the South African punter he meets in the casino?

I'm not sure we'll ever know if he's honest Jack or his alter ego Jake hiding behind his cards. It's never easy to know with an unreliable narrator, but I stopped worrying about it when I allowed myself to be enveloped by this most stylish and sexy movie.

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