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Gambit (2012)


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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



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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (25)

'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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Middling in every respect.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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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

Firth is nicely self-effacing and there are a few laughs to be had, but they are stunningly cheap.

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

An awful lot of talent has been put to waste here.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Make it stop! Make it stop! Oh please just make it stop!

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's all very dull and pedestrian, with very little tension or laughs.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Disappointing caper comedy remake that never quite sparks to life, thanks to a lacklustre script, half-hearted performances, a lack of chemistry between the two leads and precious little in the way of actual laughs.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Gambit's a mixed bowl of nuts, all told, but if there's nothing in it that raises so much as a chuckle, you may need chuckling practice.

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

I marveled at how old-fashioned [the humor] is, like it was dusted off from the late 1960s and rushed out for us in the hopes we wouldn't notice its mustiness...

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Everything about Gambit screams unfinished. Which is a shame, because on paper it could have been the hilarious new hit comedy caper we (and the marketing team) all wish it was.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Alas, everyone involved appears to have seen it less like the next country for old men than easy money for old rope.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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Audience Reviews for Gambit

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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This remake of a movie with the same name from 1966 with Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine didn't show anything new and exciting! This version is directed by Michael Hoffman, and starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. From the script by Joel and Ethan Coen to the acting - everything is somehow average and bland. I wouldn't say it is a bad movie - simply has no 'taste' you can remember after leaving the cinema!

I thought that the story of the British art curator Harry Deane would interest me, especially when he decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss Lord Shabandar by conning him into buying a fake Monet ("Haystacks at Dusk")... somehow during the watching that interest evaporated. Even the unpredictable Texas rodeo queen, PJ Puznowski couldn't bring it back.

This movie had its problems since beginning, and seems every single thing left a trace. Uninspiring Firth keeps his performance grounded in downbeat realism, Diaz never convinces anyone that she is a sassy trailer-park princess, and Rickman's villain has cartoon(ish) characteristics which are simply nothing plausible. If you have nothing better to do, like me, sit down and watch this with your wife...
March 14, 2013
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Foreign Titles

  • Gambit - Der Masterplan (DE)
  • Gambit, arnaque l'anglaise (FR)
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