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The Bank Job (2008)

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79

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 112 | Rotten: 30

Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.

86

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 5

Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 252,614

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Movie Info

Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows star in director Roger Donaldson's cinematic account of the true-life 1971 London bank robbery that baffled the authorities and fascinated the public. Terry Leather (Statham) was a small-time car dealer who was trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Though he'd never been involved in any major crimes, he wasn't exactly on the straight and narrow his whole life either. Martine Love (Burrows) is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighborhood

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

Jul 15, 2008

$30.0M

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All Critics (142) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (112) | Rotten (30) | DVD (12)

It's something new for heist pictures: a movie that can't even rip off its predecessor with any panache.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The Bank Job is nothing more than an efficient time-killer with the added bonus of being based on a real misadventure. But, unlike its benighted cast of characters, it gets the job done without a hitch.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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A tight, classic-feeling film about losers banding together for one big score, then scrambling furiously as they realize they're in over their heads. It's fast, nifty, sharp and sweet.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Thanks to the twin pens of screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, what a jam-packed and misanthropic fiction this is.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
Los Angeles Times
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With its cockneys and coppers and the caper that comes a cropper, the movie is fully engaging on several levels.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The Bank Job is an often suspenseful and sleek crime movie which shows how a group of working class slumps exposed the scandalous nature of the rich, as both spooks and crims bay for their blood.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

As some characters brazenly assert colonial imperatives, race and class commentary abound and "The Bank Job" eventually takes a vividly violent turn. But its subtext of history's long con doesn't keep the film from hitting great-heist high points.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The Bank Job happily stole my attention

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

The Bank Job is not just another slick caper film. It's robust, messy, cluttered, and a cut well above the average crime job.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Es como una película de Guy Ritchie pero sin toda esa parafernalia y sobre estetización que son su marca de fábrica.

January 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It isn't bad, but it can't find a rhythm between being based on a true, ugly story and trying to be a fun bank heist film.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Despite the name of the movie, this is not the typical mindless action b-movie that Jason Statham specializes in. It is much more an exploration of British corruption, sexual and otherwise, at the highest levels of 1960s British society. Not a great movie

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Jason Statham sports enough stubble to scrape the metal off a gun. Not that he'd want to do so in this slight, silly heist movie, which turns out to be plenty of fun.

August 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

... by turns funny and suspenseful, and just a tad trashy in its speculations.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Blazing with the ring of truth, The Bank Job is a tense and involving caper movie with more than the usual layers: a genuine Royal scandal.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

The best thing about this caper whose elements include a royal scandal, exotic locations, MI5 involvement, a brothel with a clientele from high places, corrupt cops, romance and a heist by a bunch of small-time crooks, is that it is based on fact.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

THE BANK JOB is like a good movie trapped under ice. You can see it wants to be good on the surface, but just can't seem bust through.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (3)
Sin Magazine

Not a great film, maybe, but a pretty nifty one in any case.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A real, honest-to-goodness throwback to the golden age of caper flicks.

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Statham é um ator carismático e a história, baseada em incidentes reais e mergulhada em clima conspiratório, prende a atenção. Ainda assim, a resolução é frouxa e maniqueísta demais, sabotando o projeto.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Donaldson spins an intricate web of toxic layers of elaborate subterfuge and deceit that keeps both the thieves and audience on their collective toes.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

When the (supposedly) true story that this film is based upon was finally revealed, it isn't hard to imagine waiting over 30 years to make it...

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

(The Bank job) is just a fresh flick with tons of entertainment and it goes by very quickly.

May 24, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Bustles along to its central theft, then treads water until (it) can map a proper end game.

May 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Bank Job

A London model is arrested for drugs trafficking by MI5 and blackmailed into arranging the robbery of a Bank vault to reclaim some embarrassing photographs used by a corrupt black activist to obtain immunity. I wish Jason Statham would stop trying to be the cockney Van-Damme because this is what he is really good at. One criticism you could instantly level at this film is that the plot is so far-fetched, but bizarrely it's actually a true story. At the beginning it appears to be a decent if slightly run-of-the-mill heist movie as the usual collection of lovable East End villains plan and execute their scam but it's actually after the event that this film gets really interesting. The tone darkens and as it gets more hard-boiled and grim, the better it gets. The direction can seem a little hurried as it tries to cram in all the relevant threads, but solid writing intertwines the several sub plots cleverly and its constantly entertaining. Darker, grittier and above all better than all of the Ocean's films and a great, unpretentious, old-fashioned British crime drama that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of them. Well worth checking out if you enjoyed the similar and Academy Award winning Argo.
May 1, 2013
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Recommended for the fan of bank heists, it has a decent plot that keeps you following however the biggest point is that it's a true story.
October 4, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Taking a glance at the title, preconceived notions popped out, telling me that this was gonna be one of those movies where a crew with individual talents are gonna be made up to pull off the perfect heist. Typical heist movie, right? Wrong. "The Bank Job" interweaves a clever narrative with genuinely thrilling moments.

There's a lot to like about "The Bank Job". First off, we're gonna needa bring Jason Statham back in the acting game because he fills in the shoes of the main character quite well. And during the ride, there's a stellar script, driving the story forward in an entertaining fashion. The narrative's tight, fast, and takes interesting turns, and there's some gripping scenes. Unfortunately, near the 3rd act of the movie, the movie begins to become a bit stale. "The Bank Job"'s real killer though is the lack of substance. Yes, it's based on a true story and by the finale, there is a conclusive wrap up that goes beyond just a simple heist, but it seems nothing more than an entertaining time-passer-by.

"The Bank Job" is an enjoyable movie. It's a good movie, but not a great one.
July 16, 2012
Albert Kim

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A fairly simple, yet entertaining heist thriller. Although devoid of a consitent tone and pacing that's slightly uneven, The Bank Job is a highly likable and sometimes hilarious movie. It's greatest trait is the brilliant casting and the crisp direction by Roger Donaldson. It's a thoroughly entertaining crime flick with enough tension, slickness and style. It's not the best out there but it redeems itself enough to make it stand out from, your average heist movie.
May 9, 2012
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