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The Good Thief (2003)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style.

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Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on the casino heist of a lifetime; a spectacular sleight of hand--two heists, one real, one not, but which is which? Under the watchful eye of Roger, a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him, Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo and Raoul, technical mastermind Vladimer, former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said, Anne, a young Eastern girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft--identical twins Albert and Bertram.more
Rating: R (for language, sexuality, drug content and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Jordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Box Office: $3.4M
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Mike Polish
as Bertram
Warren Zavatta
as Petit Louis
Sarah Bridges
as Philippa
Ralph Fiennes
as Tony Angel
Frederico Scotto
as Chief Security Man
Laurent Grevill
as Casino Manager
Roland Munter
as Spanish Night Club H...
Jean M'Bale
as Monitor Security Man
Sergio Candiota
as Fernandez
Damien Arnone
as Security Guard, Vil...
Enzo Iovino
as Croupier
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Critic Reviews for The Good Thief

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (40)

While Jordan's repeated freeze-frames try a little too hard for nonchalance, the overall cocktail of Gallic insouciance and American film noir grit delivers such relaxant properties you forgive a few foibles.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A faithful remake, a spirited updating, and a deft, colorful, thoroughly entertaining heist film swimming in character and atmosphere, Neil Jordan's The Good Thief (2002)... may not be his best film, but it is one of his most purely enjoyable.

Full Review… | February 12, 2016

Nolte's hard lived, leather-lined face looks like a Muncie road map, and fits robber Bob to each crease.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

The best and most enjoyable English-language crime picture since Jackie Brown.

Full Review… | July 5, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

When it comes to movies about one last, high-stakes score, Nolte in The Good Thief pales next to Gene Hackman's low-keyed brilliance in Heist.

Full Review… | June 23, 2004

Es casi una película hecha por divertimento, lo cual no está nada mal, pero no hay que pedirle mucho más que eso.

Full Review… | June 22, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Good Thief


A movie that tried really hard for the "cool" factor, complete with a "cool" french soundtrack. It's a decent watch. It may have been much better with a better lead? I wasn't buying the suave gambler/thief played by Nick Nolte..but that's just me, maybe. I'm not really a fan.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


while the story was solid and the end was very good, the script was awful, the acting sub par, and the directing by niel jordan distractingly bad. some give and some take makes for an average film. great semi-cameo by ralph fiennes.

danny d

Super Reviewer


A stylish, tense, sexy and electrifying crime thriller. Explosive, smart, bold, funny and exciting. Nick Nolte has never been better. Gives his best performance in years. He just gets better as the years go on showing impressive and undeniable star power. A great cast of actors. Ralph Fiennes and Tchecky Kayrow turn in great performances. An totally enjoyable flick. A excellemt movie. It's one of those rare pieces of film noir that makes for good entertainment pleasure. A smooth, character-driven and absolutely exhilerating flick.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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