The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music.
A perfectly calibrated machine designed to be as entertaining as possible in as many ways as possible.
| Original Score: 8/10
A masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback.
| Original Score: 5/5
a brilliant piece of moviemaking that is extremely watchable and completely enjoyable, even almost 40 years after it was made
A great pick for repeat viewings.
| Original Score: 4/4
Smart, stylish caper -- but not for kids.
| Original Score: 4/5
Newman and Redford pass a few facial expressions between them and try to cool each other out. If there ever was much of a script, it can be said to have gone to waste.
Overrated, overlong and unconvincing formulaic comedy caper that relies heavily on star power.
| Original Score: C+
The Sting still holds up as a beautifully constructed piece of mainstream entertainment with two stars burning brightly and staying on the right side of smug.
Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.
The camaraderie between the two principal actors is almost as appealing as it was in Butch Cassidy.
| Original Score: 9/10
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A sly heist-style caper the joyously relives the Roaring Twenties
| Original Score: 3.5/4
this Depression-era comedy cashes in on the individual charm of Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the strong chemistry between them, also evident in Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.
| Original Score: B
The film ends up relying on different chapter headings to explain what's going on, but it's all very professional, with fine attention to period detail.
Still fairly entertaining, though its tricky twists have been co-opted by many subsequent films, and there's no getting around the fact that [it's] way too long.
It's one of cinema's most beloved heist movies, and for good reason.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The film is so good-natured, so obviously aware of everything it's up to, even its own picturesque frauds, that I opt to go along with it.
The movie has a nice, light-fingered style to it.