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ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL

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Ordinary Decent Criminal

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Linda Fiorentino, Kevin Spacey, Helen Baxendale, Stephen Dillane, Colin Farrell, David Hayman, Peter Mullan
director:
Thaddeus O'Sullivan
author:
Gerard Stembridge
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C

A clever, charming con man outwits police buffoons and pulls off a major heist. Don’t yawn yet — this time, it’s set in Ireland! Spacey unleashes a lovely brogue here (unlike movie wife Fiorentino, who sounds, um… Swedish?) and gives a nicely undercooked performance. But, boy oh boy, does this film not deserve it. The uninventive twists, inexplicable IRA subplots, and unbelievable deus ex machinas beg the question: Do they think we’re eejits? For a better take on the exact same material, see John Boorman’s ”The General.”