LOWDOWN DIRTY CRIMINALS (2020) reviews of New Zealand crime comedy

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‘They give crime a bad name’

Lowdown Dirty Criminals is a 2020 New Zealand comedy crime feature film that focuses on two inept wannabe gangsters. The pair find themselves in a serious predicament when a botched job leaves them the target of the underworld.

Directed by Paul Murphy from a screenplay written by David Brechin-Smith, the movie stars James Rolleston, Samuel Austin, Scott Wills, Cohen Holloway, Robbie Magasiva and Rebecca Gibney.


“There may be elements of a NZ version of Pineapple Express and every other inept criminal story you’ve ever seen, but thanks to the use of small locations, a tight script, and injection of energy and charm, this gun-toting screwball caper is a relative cinematic local diamond in among a recent collection of celluloid rough.” Darren’s World of Entertainment

“Rolleston is not just a likeable presence; he seems to bend the tone of the entire film in his lowkey direction, giving it a hard-to-hate sincerity even when it is vulgar. Helped along by those well-worn Ritchie and Tarantino-isms, which allow a degree of playfulness, Lowdown Dirty Criminals has a synchronicity between the lead character and the very form and content of the film.” The Guardian

” …while there is a lot about the film that works, unfortunately on balance, there is a lot that didn’t. The biggest problem is the tone. This film wants to situate itself in that MA/R comedy space where you gross out your audience from start to finish. In some respects, they succeeded, because it has been a long time since I have had to turn away from the screen…” TL;DR Reviews


Lowdown Dirty Criminals opened in Australia and New Zealand on 20th August 2020. Dark Sky Films will distribute the movie in the USA on Digital and VOD on November 20th 2020.

Cast and characters:

James Rolleston … Freddy
Samuel Austin … Marvin
Scott Wills … Spiggs
Cohen Holloway … Roy
Robbie Magasiva … Semo
Rebecca Gibney … The Upholsterer
Francis Biggs … Cop
Unaloto Funaki … Jeff Kwok
Tim Gordon … Glenn
Grant Kereama … Dean
Min Kim … Donny Kong
Olivia Morphew … Barbara
Fingal Pollock … Mrs Spiggs
Shane Rangi … Barry
Grant Roa … Paul
Thomas Sainsbury … Trent
Jatinder Singh … Naran

Technical details:

86 minutes

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