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Ordinary Decent CriminalA 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...Ordinary Decent CriminalMystery and Thriller, DramaRA 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...2003-01-10Helen BaxendaleStephen DillaneColin FarrellDavid HaymanPeter MullanHelen Baxendale, Stephen Dillane, Colin Farrell, David Hayman, Peter Mullan
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Ordinary Decent Criminal

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Linda Fiorentino, Kevin Spacey, Helen Baxendale, Stephen Dillane, Colin Farrell, David Hayman, Peter Mullan; Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan; Author: Gerard Stembridge; MPAA Rating: R

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.”

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