Croupier is an easy-going neo-noir directed by Mike Hodges, that relies heavily on voiceover. The voiceover is well-crafted and adds a good deal to the film.
Clive Owen gives one of his best performances as the croupier, the film utilising his natural acting style of being intensely bland. Owen rarely has to show any emotion, which only helps.
The film has a unusually televisual feel, though admittedly it is slickly shot, with the women cast against Owen deglammed. Even Alex Kingston in the alluring role is hardly Hollywood glamour, while Kate Hardie and Gina McKee are deliberately used for their wholly normal look.
The film, like casinos, is middle-class seedy, and never matches a real noir for intensity. It is…