The Good Thief Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Nolte's hard lived, leather-lined face looks like a Muncie road map, and fits robber Bob to each crease.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 5, 2004
The best and most enjoyable English-language crime picture since Jackie Brown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 22, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 2, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
February 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
Watching an actor at the top of his game is a pleasure even if the film is only good, not great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Gilchrist
October 5, 2003
Outside of Nick Nolte's performance, the rest of the film is a by the numbers heist drama
| Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 26, 2003
A heist movie without a thrilling heist is obviously in trouble . . .
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
September 14, 2003
Takes some of the big clichés of contemporary moviemaking and makes them feel graceful, if not always profound.
| Original Score: A-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
This is not a movie that anyone would steal...[a] superficially pleasing work that a single good night's sleep can erase from memory.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 31, 2003
If you're into crime capers, this one is above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
July 29, 2003
The Good Thief has a shambling grace to it, both jazzy and gritty at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
July 25, 2003
Discount its distinctly casual approach to the mechanics of a multi-million Euro robbery, and it's not bad at all.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 15, 2003
With its noir, European genes ... [it's] the good oil on good heist movies.
Eric D. Snider
July 5, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 18, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 3, 2003
[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.
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