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Heist (2001)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 44

Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 11

Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile.



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Movie Info

Joe Moore has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore, his partner Bobby Blane and their utility man, Pinky Pincus, find themselves broke, betrayed and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do Bergman's one last big job. Will Bergman shop Moore to the police?


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

David Mamet

Mar 12, 2002


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All Critics (142) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (44) | DVD (22)

I couldn't believe any of it on any level, though it could be described as 'fun.'

November 29, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.

November 24, 2001
Washington Post
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There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source:
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A perfectly pleasurable ride.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A minor work by a major guy.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Captivating David Mamet movie for grownups.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

[Mamet] is a giant in several areas, but I'm not sure moviemaking is one of them.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Structured as a trick within a trick within a trick, Mamet's latest contribution to film noir is a mildly entertaining crimer that nonetheless exposes his strenuous efforts to outsmart the audience.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

This is a world not unlike superhero comics, only in this world the heroes have the superhuman ability to knock down buildings with a split-second comeback line.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Como em todo roteiro escrito por Mamet, os diálogos são excelentes e a trama é engenhosa - mas desta vez o excesso de reviravoltas acaba comprometendo o resultado final.

December 9, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The methodical planning of the caper is completely mesmerizing.

June 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Your typical heist film with a few improvements.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Heist is better than The Score, not because it is more surprising or the actorly turns by the principals better realized, but simply because it is better written and the direction is more fluid.

October 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Mamet plays his cards carefully enough to raise the performances into a meditation on the nature of trust itself.

October 14, 2002 Full Review

The story turns tedious as the characters take turns stabbing each other in the back. Every successive plot twist becomes easier to foresee.

August 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Very disappointing new action flick by Mamet. Not worth a trip to the theatre for this one...

July 9, 2002 Full Review

This is so incredibly below average, very disappointing. Once again the writing is at fault and it's just baffling because of who's at the helm.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

If the journey is familiar, however, it's still enjoyable, as one team of thieves tries to trip up another. There are more broken alliances, double-crosses and hidden agendas here than you'd find in a whole season of "Survivor."

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A throwback to the kind of hard-boiled yarns the late Don Siegel used to crank out in his sleep.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

una cinta entretenida, bien llevada, mejor escrita, y con grandes actuaciones. Se necesita ms para pagar la entrada a la sala?

March 21, 2002

...enough to keep one's attention, certainly, but the film isn't nearly as persuasive as some of (Mamet's) previous work.

March 18, 2002
Movie Metropolis

A lively caper film with snappy dialogue and interesting characters.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A solidly entertaining caper flick with great performances, intelligent and fun dialogue, and expertly crafted plotting.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The real pleasure is found in a cast of actors who are smart, energetic craftsmen that are good at their jobs.

February 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

If Mamet isn't quite as ahead of the audience as he usually is, his ear for crackling dialogue and intelligent attention to detail is still very much in evidence.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Heist

Gene Hackman is the reason to watch Heist. The rest of the cast are also on good form, Danny DeVito playing his role convincingly without the humor you'd expect. David Mamet though has had better days. A Heist film should look good, this film looks mediocre. The beginning of the film promises so much but the ending is disappointing to say the least.
January 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

A watchable Heist film, but not a particularly exciting one. The plot was full of little twists, but most of them predictable and for me this film brought nothing new to films sharing this theme.
May 8, 2010

Super Reviewer

It's pure dynamite. Sizzeling and exhilerating. A razor-sharp crime thriller. One of the best and smartest heist films ever made. Snaps and crackels with great suspense and action. awsome twist and turns all the way to the end. Terifficly written and well-crafted. A brilliant cast of actors. Gene Hackman has never been better. A cool, captivating and fantastic performance. Delroy Lindo is teriffic. Danny DeVito is explosive.
October 30, 2007

Super Reviewer

This was okay.
October 23, 2007
Curtis Lilly

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