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The Good Thief Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 12, 2003
The Truth About Charlie Nolte.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
March 31, 2003
It is a decidedly mixed bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
April 9, 2003
Terrific performance by Nolte but poorly executed heist.
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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
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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 1, 2003
It's all pizzazz, and the pizzazz is all borrowed.
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Jan Stuart
April 2, 2003
It pulses with erudition and visual kicks, but has the dulled impact of a time-sensitive bottled message that has washed ashore years too late to be of any practical use.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2003
This remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's 1955 Bob le Flambeur tries for a stylish, shambling grace. But like Bob, it can't quite get it up.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Venable
April 11, 2003
Nolte sounds like a muppet now, and the film itself isn't very engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 26, 2003
A heist movie without a thrilling heist is obviously in trouble . . .
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
April 24, 2003
(Nolte) was knocking at death's door but paused long enough ... for a police department mug shot. Who knew his next picture could be worse?
| Original Score: D
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine
April 1, 2003
Even with the drugs and the gambling and a host of oddballs who are thankfully never romanticized to the point of nausea, the film is ultimately much too sanitary for its own good.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 9, 2003
If Nick Nolte had been looking for excuses when he was arrested, he might have told the officers he was still in character from 'Thief' ...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 12, 2003
Unlike the crispness of the original, the word that best describes this production is lassitude, from characters so tired they can't manage to speak intelligibly to the listless caper(s) plot that seems doomed from the beginning.
Harvey S. Karten
March 27, 2003
The times have passed this sort of film by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
April 20, 2003
We came, we saw, we forgot. Plenty of smoke but no fire in 'The Good Thief'
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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
Ian Waldron-Mantgani
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 2, 2003
You can't fake self-confidence, but "The Good Thief" tries so hard to do so that it ends up an endearing movie as well as a curiously empty one. I mean, you gotta love its effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 13, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button
March 14, 2003
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Charles Taylor
April 2, 2003
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