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Gambit (2014)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz headline this remake of the 1966 crime caper directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and written by Joel and Ethan Coen. A British thief (Firth) discovers that no plan is infallible when he recruits a beautiful woman (Diaz) to help him steal a priceless statue from an impossibly wealthy widower (Alan Rickman). Despite the fact that his pretty accomplice bears an uncanny resemblance to his affluent target's late wife, things quickly spin out of control once the

May 27, 2014

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (33)

When the movie veers away from the verbal gymnastics of a bunch of colorful dopes out-dumbing one another and into overindulged farce, the specificity of the Coens' writing begins to fade.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This nominal remake of the 1966 art caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine has all the fizz of flat soda ...

April 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Gambit" is a trans-Atlantic delivery of "meh."

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Firth is solid as always. He fits his tailored suits and rectangular glasses to a T. Diaz fares less well.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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'Gambit' is like drinking cheap, warm champagne from a plastic cup.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even with a script by the Coen brothers, and a classy international cast led by Colin Firth, this contemporary London caper movie falls far short of its potential even as a lightweight comic romp.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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So-so remake of '60s caper has slapstick, brief nudity.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... feels like a first draft of a dusty script that was pulled from the bottom of a drawer without being polished prior to production.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

Firth and Diaz, game as they are, look lost and disappointed most of the time during Gambit, as though they pictured themselves making Burn After Reading, and instead found themselves in The Ladykillers.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The director behind Soapdish and The Last Station is generally reliable, but he can't keep up with the Coens' fast paced dialogue.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Firth demonstrates flawless comic timing and a knack for gentle slapstick during many sequences that might have bombed with another actor playing Harry Deane.

May 10, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The right level of farce, tasteful nudity and general shenanigans for the film to not outstay its welcome, while admittedly not lingering long in the memory.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's a fair comedy that's inoffensive and evocative of a different era, filled with enough eccentricity and sharp delivery to embrace as pleasant nonsense from two screenwriters exceptionally skilled with such buffoonery.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's mirthless, languid and obvious. Well, you can relate.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Remade from a 1966 romp starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, this con artist action-comedy is enjoyably silly but never much more than that.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source:

A flat-footed remake of a mildly amusing 1966 caper movie ...

November 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Given the quality of the film, we must assume that these Coens are no relation to the siblings who make films that rarely encourage you to poke out your eyes with rusty scissors.

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The mood isn't so much vintage as instantly old-hat.

November 23, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

In spite of its strong cast and decent premise, something feels slightly off with Gambit.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Diaz's smile lights up the screen, though her role struggles to be as much as one-dimensional.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

You'll smile a few times and the cast work hard but interest and goodwill fizzles out.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Against odds the film is sometimes funny, bandying its dated tropes like a badge of pride.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Gambit

Art Scam Flick Rings Hollow.

Mediocre Comedy! The film is very short, and when it ends you wonder what possessed the Coen Brothers to make it. Cameron Diaz is extremely irritating and the character goes nowhere. Tom Courtenay was wasted in his role and some of the so called funny situations are too contrived ie when they book into the London hotel. The twists in the tale aren't twists at all, just cop outs. It just seems a pointless film and is not clever or funny enough. Colin Firth is a brilliant actor but sometimes his lightweight film choices are very strange. A disappointment.

Curator Harry Deane is an expert in fine art, but he's equally accomplished in taking abuse from his insolent boss. That's about to change. The plan - trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting. To assist in the heist, Deane hires a rowdy Texas cowgirl to help him fool the richest man in England. But as the plan begins to unravel, Deane finds he is falling in love with the rodeo queen, ensuing further complications.
June 30, 2014
Manu Gino

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Average film saved by the charm of Colin Firth and Alan Rickman but almost scuttled by Cameron Diaz's dinner theatre quality performance of a part that should have been played by Reese Witherspoon.
June 4, 2014
jay nixon

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Gambit, the remake of 1966's Gambit, was panned on release. However, it was the critics who panned it, no one I know has actually seen it. Shame really, because it's actually quite good. The Brits aren't misrepresented for a change, instead the characters are self-aware and the comedy is played by reality instead of misconception. I thought the physical comedy was as good as the writing and that the writing was very strong. It's not a carbon copy of the original, it has the same theme but tells it in a refreshingly new format. I really liked it, I think it's a real shame it passed by unnoticed and unloved!
November 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

An average comedy\heist plot, Rickman is amazing and Firth is your charming English gent, average but more enjoyable for the cast!
March 29, 2013
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