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Out of Sight (1998)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 6

Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.



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Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs a bank, his car goes dead, and Foley lands in a Florida prison. His escape from prison doesn't go as planned, since it's witnessed by deputy federal marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Foley's pal Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) intervenes, with the result that Sisco winds up in the trunk of the getaway car with Foley, and the two realize they're attracted to each other,

May 4, 1999

Universal Pictures

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Soderbergh understands the flaky, funny spirit of Leonard's characters and he gets his cast to express it.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Out of Sight is slick in all the right ways.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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Clooney is the most impressive he's been on film. Jack Foley feels real, not like some Hollywood improvisation. Foley is charming, handsome, graceful, cultured, energetic and disciplined. He just can't stop committing crimes.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The characters all seem to have known each other for years, referring to long-held grudges and resentments that only gradually are revealed to the audience. They're a seedy, petty, dangerous and delightful bunch.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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After many mishaps, the art of bringing Elmore Leonard's novels to the screen is coming to fruition. This latest adaptation, by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Frank, gets it just about right.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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[A] now-classic romantic comedy -- with plenty of action and suspense.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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By turns bleak, funny, touching, sexy and poignant, with bursts of violence that rise like sudden geysers from a still pool, Out of Sight is chock-full of dead-on performances.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Its effortless cool and flawless ensemble make it the best translation of an Elmore Leonard book yet.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

In playing a career criminal who can't get a break, Clooney has finally found a movie role that adroitly showcases his smoldering good looks and smart-aleck demeanor.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Across landscapes from sunny South Florida to snowy Detroit, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez deliver a sizzling, palpable heat in Out of Sight.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie is wonderfully cast -- it has the strongest bench of any movie this year, with Albert Brooks and Don Cheadle in key supporting roles.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Much of the action seems more like warmed-over Quentin Tarantino than first-rate Steven Soderbergh.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez sizzle in this sexy, sly and snappy crime caper from director Steven Soderbergh, that neatly combines its 1970s heist-picture roots with sparkling romantic comedy.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

There's a heist, a jail break, and a flawless melding of comedy and drama and Steven Soderbergh ties it together like a master.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Clooney and Lopez sizzle in gun-happy heist flick.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Audience Reviews for Out of Sight

"Out of Sight" is a somewhat goofy and overall entertaining offer of comedy, thriller, and romance. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez are a predictable couple, but nonetheless believable. We're talking a very fun movie no matter how you look at it, even with its flaws. Because of movies like this, I'll never forgive director Steven Soderbergh for retiring from the movie industry. His claim was that filmmaking just wasn't fun anymore, and obviously he doesn't realize how fun his films are to watch. It's true of most everything I've seen of him: "Traffic", "Erin Brockovich", "Ocean's Eleven", "Contagion", "Haywire", "Side Effects", and "Out of Sight", his breakthrough independent film.

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Of Steven Soderbergh's more well known films, I can't believe it took me so long to finally see this.

Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, this is the story of Jack Foley and Karen Sisco. They have a chance encounter (one of the more unique 'meet cutes' in cinema) that sees them trying to have a romantic relationship with one another. There's a big problem, though, and that is the fact that Jack's a career bank robber who has just broken out of jail, and Karen's a deputy federal marshal who just stumbled right up onto the escape attempt.

The two have an undeniable attraction to one another, and that's a big part of the fun and charm of things, especially since the two are so committed to their polar opposite lifestyles. Even as Karen is hot on Jack's trail as he goes out for more capers, they manage to try to make their conflict work. Leave it to someone like Leonard to come up with a genius premise like this, and people like screenwriter Scott Frank and Soderbergh to craft such a solid adaptation.

The film is a tad more mainstream as far as Soderbergh's work is concerned, but that's not really a bad thing. It doesn't feel like an average mainstream romance/caper comedy, and that's maybe the strongest thing about it. It's got his trademark sense of style and super cool vibe, and the heavily funky soundtrack is quite slick as well.

All of this is highlighted by the performances by an ensemble cast of very well known performers. Jennifer Lopez is surprisingly strong as Karen, and Clooney is in typical top notch form as Jack. These two are really likable, smart, and fun to watch, Their chemistry, and the chemistry with the rest of the cast is remarkable. And speaking of the rest of the cast...Ving Rhames (in some slick spectacles), Don Cheadle (good funny/scary), Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn (very funny, here), Catherine Keener, Luis Guzman, Dennis Farina...and smaller appearances by Michael Keaton, Nancy Allen, Viola Davis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

All in all, the film is very well made, and quite entertaining, but it is admittedly rather overrated. It didn't come off as all that groundbreaking to me, though it may have been so when it came out. I really liked it, but I think in the end it's just shy of the top tier of Soderbergh's work.
April 13, 2013
Chris Weber

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Pretty good caper flick performance-fueled by the chemistry of the cast, particularly Clooney and Lopez as law and disorder respectively. Leonard's story though, as usual, is the real star. And a decent romantic scene filmed entirely in the trunk of a Ford.
April 5, 2013

Super Reviewer

Soderbergh's film 'Out of Sight' establishes George Clooney as the leading man of a generation. He carries his performance with a swagger and charm that carries the entire movie. Though an interesting premise with steady direction, the film only proves to be a slightly tedious build up to its climax, which doesn't have much of a payoff. Regardless, Clooney ensures it is an interesting ride.
February 19, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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