Nine Queens


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. As tricky and satisfying as any of David Mamet's airless cinematic shell games. Mamet's films are all plot and no atmosphere; this one has a squalid, urban-greed-meets-the-gutter mood that lends its filigreed cleverness an unusually resonant kick.
  2. 100
    Deliciously funny and fiendishly clever con-man comedy that begins on a note of ingenuity that it then sustains with the tension of a high-wire act.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A seductively structured and superbly acted suspenser that breathtakingly piles swindle upon scam without giving away the game until the very end.
  4. When you think you've figured out Bielinsky's great game, that's when you're in the most trouble: He's the con, and you're just the mark.
  5. The kind of movie that seduces you into becoming putty in its manipulative card-sharking hands and making you enjoy being taken in by its shameless contrivance.
  6. Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.
  7. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    Clever, compelling, funny and unpredictable, and it has a lollapa-looza of an ending.
  8. 88
    Elaborately layered movie about schemes and more schemes that pile up faster than chips on a blackjack table. The other half is realizing, about halfway through the film, that you won't figure it out until it's over.
  9. Bielinsky's movie builds like a poker game in which the players, having invested everything, cannot afford to fold.
  10. Has more twists than the Pacific Coast Highway and more layers than a stack of silver-dollar pancakes. If you can wrap your mind around one unlikely condition, the picture provides unalloyed pleasure for connoisseurs of cinematic con artists.
  11. It may not keep you guessing to the end, but there are enough surprises and wry revelations, right down to the last play, to make this a most satisfying cinematic confidence game.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    If the movie isn't true, it's at least true to itself. When Nine Queens spirals out of the realm of believability, we've already been won over enough that we don't care.
  13. Here it is -- another double cross for which you will, and should, hand over your few grubby bucks.
  14. 80
    Bielinsky's debut is a fine con picture, but at its best, it achieves even more, presenting the profession as a lifestyle with almost existential ramifications.
  15. 80
    Writer-director Fabián Bielinsky's devilish Nine Queens serves as further evidence that Argentina's film industry is at the forefront of a resurgent Latin American cinema.
  16. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    An accomplished and enjoyable Spanish-language debut feature by Fabían Bielinsky.
  17. 80
    Leaves you feeling tense and terrific. It's fun to be fooled.
  18. If Nine Queens were a great film, instead of just a very good one, this rottenness would be so pervasive that it would burst the bounds of the plot; it would make us shudder.
  19. 80
    The actors are charismatic, particularly Ricardo Darin.
  20. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    If you want a brain puzzler that will ensure a lively conversation on the way home, Nine Queens is the real deal.
  21. 75
    A con within a con within a con. There comes a time when we think we've gotten to the bottom, and then the floor gets pulled out again and we fall another level.
  22. This cleverly structured Argentine heist movie isn't as original or ingenious as it tries to be, but it's fun watching the chicanery veer down one unexpected pathway after another.
  23. Fast-paced and unerringly surprising.
  24. 75
    It would be a crime in itself to reveal the surprises of Nine Queens, which provides two solid hours of corking entertainment.
  25. Often more ingenious in appearance than fact. The hunter-gets-captured-by-the-game scenario is predictable and the sequence of shell games does not, when reconsidered, actually add up.
  26. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    The movie may be Nine Queens, but it slakes your thirst for surprises and thrills because of its Nine Jokers.
  27. 75
    But for all the duplicitous minds playing games with each other on the screen, Nine Queens' best con artist turns out to be Bielinsky himself -- and his target is the audience.
  28. Bielinsky's feature debut is a smart, enormously entertaining thriller whose preposterous conclusion in no way diminishes the fun of getting there.
  29. Has a customarily jovial air but a deficit of flim-flam inventiveness.

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User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 21, 2016
    The best argentinian film i have ever seen
    The writing is excellent, the acting is excellent (i love Ricardo Darin), the enviorment is
    The best argentinian film i have ever seen
    The writing is excellent, the acting is excellent (i love Ricardo Darin), the enviorment is excellent, the plot twist are excellent, the comedy and drama are excellent, and the whole movie can be timeless! I really love this movie!
    Its sad that the argentinian films arent that good as this one, and i say that because im argentinian and i enjoy more the american films. It definitely needs to be checked out.
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  2. Nov 20, 2015
    Una película que te hace pensar que conoce a los personajes bien. La búsqueda de la riqueza de otra persona puede convertirse en su propiaUna película que te hace pensar que conoce a los personajes bien. La búsqueda de la riqueza de otra persona puede convertirse en su propia caída. Esta película es inteligente y te mantiene entretenido ya que la historia se desarrolla. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Nueve Reinas al principio es un poco confundido y despacio. Es decir, que todo vale la pena en verla al principio hasta el final porque veremos como los desiciones se desarrollen perfectamente. Lo recomiendo a gente que les gustan "thriller" y un poco de suspenso. Full Review »