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The Good Thief (2003)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 110 | Rotten: 32

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


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 7

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

Aug 19, 2003


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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Jordan has lovingly recreated much of what glittered in the hard French thrillers that once starred Delon and Belmondo, and provided a superbly customized vehicle for the salty charms of ashtray-voiced Nick Nolte.

May 1, 2003
New York Observer
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Great fun despite its deficiency as a presumed thriller.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's a heist film with a muddled plot, a character study with no personality.

April 24, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Rumpled and dissolute, Nolte shambles through this gracefully atmospheric crime film with a cool poignancy that verges on the comic.

April 24, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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This is a movie for which you want to give an award to the casting director, Susie Figgis.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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Nolte's hard lived, leather-lined face looks like a Muncie road map, and fits robber Bob to each crease.

October 15, 2004 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

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

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
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.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Ao contrário do impecável anti-herói do original, Nick Nolte confere vulnerabilidade ao protagonista e, no processo, leva esta refilmagem a superar a produção de 1955.

April 2, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A fine film: Jordan creates the seedy ambience and Nolte provides the complex performance that together carry this film through a few minor rough patches.

February 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Watching an actor at the top of his game is a pleasure even if the film is only good, not great.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Outside of Nick Nolte's performance, the rest of the film is a by the numbers heist drama

October 5, 2003

A heist movie without a thrilling heist is obviously in trouble . . .

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

Takes some of the big clichés of contemporary moviemaking and makes them feel graceful, if not always profound.

September 14, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Cool to the bone, a stylish and slick heist film that's also a deep character study and a beautiful tribute to the French Riviera.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

This is not a movie that anyone would steal...[a] superficially pleasing work that a single good night's sleep can erase from memory.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

If you're into crime capers, this one is above average.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Good Thief has a shambling grace to it, both jazzy and gritty at the same time.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Discount its distinctly casual approach to the mechanics of a multi-million Euro robbery, and it's not bad at all.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

With its noir, European genes ... [it's] the good oil on good heist movies.

July 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Though the movie is not spectacular, it is effective enough to warrant watching it, and pays off well enough to justify the attention it requires.

July 5, 2003 Full Review Source:

The Irish filmmaker takes Melville's Gallic masterpiece about a gallant Montmartre gambler and makes it into an ordinary American neo-noir film set in the French Riviera.

June 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Has] a heavier and more distinct feel that most caper films, but like a lot of recent movies, it tries to disguise its thin story with uselessly convoluted plotting.

June 3, 2003 Full Review

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.
January 17, 2012

Super Reviewer

A good Heist movie. More stylish than Ocean's 11 but less watchable. Style over content maybe, I mean, what?s with the editing? The pause before every new frame, I don't get it? Still, Nolte makes it worth watching and Neil Jordan is one of the best directors in the world today. Worth a watch!
October 1, 2009

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.
February 17, 2009
danny d

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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.
April 27, 2008

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