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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content, partial nudity and a rude gesture)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2014
Runtime:
CBS Films

Cast


as Harry Deane

as PJ Puznowski

as Lionel Shabander

as The Major

as Zaidenweber

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Critic Reviews for Gambit

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

This nominal remake of the 1966 art caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine has all the fizz of flat soda ...

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

"Gambit" is a trans-Atlantic delivery of "meh."

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

Firth is solid as always. He fits his tailored suits and rectangular glasses to a T. Diaz fares less well.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

So-so remake of '60s caper has slapstick, brief nudity.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Cinemalogue.com

Audience Reviews for Gambit

½

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.

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Manu Gino

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½

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.

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jay nixon

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

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Film Crazy

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