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Heist (2001)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 19,072



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? … More

R (for language and some violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
David Mamet , Oren Uziel
In Theaters:
Mar 12, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Heist

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.'

Full Review… | November 29, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.

Full Review… | November 27, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.

November 24, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Top Critic

A perfectly pleasurable ride.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A minor work by a major guy.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Captivating David Mamet movie for grownups.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

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.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review… | October 14, 2002

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

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

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2002

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002

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."

Full Review… | June 9, 2002
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.

Full Review… | March 16, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2002
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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002

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.

Anthony Lawrie

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.

Lady D'arbanville

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.

Al S

Super Reviewer


This was okay.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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