• Thief
    2 minutes 40 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Thief Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Caan delivers what might be the best performance of his career.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2014
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Ground zero for Michael Mann--his origin story...

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2014
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

James Caan gives a standout performance, investing in Frank a sense of determination that runs contrary to the fatalistic drive of the narrative.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 12, 2014
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

[Michael] Mann has a talent for making cops into Cops, crooks into Crooks, and heroes into Heroes, for telling stories where stark types of the kind found in noir or crime fiction are transformed into legends.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 6, 2014
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

An ancient time... when master criminals were manly men with giant tools.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

January 29, 2014
Eric Melin

It's almost as if Mann was shot out of the womb fully formed as a visual artist, because the slick, neon-lit widescreen images of 1981′s Thief echo his later films.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2014
Fernando F. Croce

neo-Melvillian existentialism

Full Review Source: CinePassion

April 19, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not just the best film of [Michael Mann's] career, but one of the best American films of the whole of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

June 5, 2009
Variety Staff
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A slick Chicago crime-drama with a well-developed sense of pathos running throughout.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A tough and intense crime thriller. James Caan gives one of his finest performances.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cool action film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 28, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's one of those films where you feel the authority right away: This movie knows its characters, knows its story, and knows exactly how it wants to tell us about them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the temptation to allow dialogue that is colorful to turn, all of a sudden, into deep, abiding purple.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Thief embues the crime story genre with fresh sophistication.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 31, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

An engrossing early effort from Michael Mann

| Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2003
Larry Carroll

It's a shame Thief isn't better remembered by people. If you really enjoy films about robberies, this one is right up your alley. Caan is terrific, and Mann's budding talent is evident.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2002
Christopher Null

Good guys and bad guys have never been harder to peg, which is why Thief is so much fun, filled with nuance and subtlety not often found among caper flicks.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

June 29, 2005
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 4/5

June 1, 2005
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