For Spears' newest video, for surprise fourth single "Criminal," the midtempo closer off Femme Fatale, Britney and "I Wanna Go" director Chris Marrs Piliero have gone back to the Oops!... I Did It Again era that comes rushing into the song's middle eight like a fond memory. Everything from the closeups of the lovelorn, raised-eyebrow Spears to the emphasis on the boobs (fake? real? Who cares anymore!?) to the acting (Britney is a great comic actor who should do more with it) to the hunkalicious, if slightly older-looking (with clothes on) man-candy, this time played by real boytoy Jason Trawick.
The opening scene is as over-the-top as the climactic Bonnie & Clyde scene is oddly compelling and, blast it, kind of romantic, and everything in the middle is pure 2000 Britney Spears. Except she's older, sexier, and BACK.