Ordinary Decent Criminal 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… Ordinary Decent Criminal 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…
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ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jan 21, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Linda Fiorentino and Kevin Spacey

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.''

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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