As previously mentioned in regards to Laurence Fishburne's strong performance, the 1997 gangster flick Hoodlum is, at times, a verbose slog, one devoid of a sufficient amount of energy. Whenever Hoodlum does liven up, though, it's most likely due to the scene-stealing presence of Tim Roth. Playing Lucky Luciano's (Andy Garcia) right-hand man, Dutch Schultz, Roth tears through the film with menacing unpredictability.
At any given moment, Roth is able to provide a jolt with either a deadly threat or murderous act, but, at the same time, he's a joy to watch. Similar to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, but on a much lesser scale, he's so good that you sit around anticipating his next scene whenever he leaves the frame.