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The Italian Job (2003)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 130
Rotten: 49

Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 565,360


Movie Info

A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this big-budget remake of the 1969 British caper classic. The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg as Charlie, the mastermind of a daring Venice heist overseen by John (Donald Sutherland), a lifelong criminal who plans to retire from the fold with the earnings from his most recent take. Basking in the glow of a job well done at a secluded retreat in the Alps, the thieves -- including the aptly-named … More

PG-13 (for violence and some language)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Troy Kennedy-Martin , Wayne Powers , Donna Powers
In Theaters:
Oct 7, 2003
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Italian Job

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (49) | DVD (38)

This one offers some agreeably mindless fun in which the villains (including Norton) are truly villainous, the payback is satisfying in a purely infantile way, and the familiarity of everything is oddly comforting.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This unglamorous approach has the odd effect of making them seem more glamorous -- we're free to soak up their star quality because there's no hard sell to fight off.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.

Full Review… | July 8, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.

June 5, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.

Full Review… | June 3, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Exciting heist film for teens and their families.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It is in Gray's spirited execution that such by-the-book formula makes for a brisk, slick entertainment hits the summer movie spot.

Full Review… | January 9, 2010

This is one of those popcorn action flicks that will leave a smile on your face from beginning to end.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The Italian Job turns out well, a fast and entertaining caper designed to give you a couple of fun hours.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Gary Gray's version is tauter, better made but insufficiently idiosyncratic to attract a cult following.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Observer [UK]

Gray adds some zip to this remake of the 1969 Michael Caine caper flick, but despite two clever action sequences and some uncharacteristically tight performances from his cast (most notably Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg), the con remains the same.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

A passable time-waster ... directed with some grace and snap.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

Heist movies seem pretty quaint and analog in our era where high stakes crime is primarily electronic in nature. But until someone can make embezzlement cinematically interesting, we're left with theft and this movie just gets away with it.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

F. Gary Gray has crafted a fun summer film packed with action, comedy, and a talented ensemble cast.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

Gray does a solid enough job behind the camera, although it's clear he feels more at home directing the action sequences than the quieter moments.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
NYC Film Critic

Surprisingly gratifying ... In a summer full of computer-generated, nu-metal-accompanied kicks to the midsection, this may be the closest you'll get to drawing room grace.

Full Review… | January 21, 2005

Cette production estivale est divertissante l'espace d'un instant si l'on ne cherche pas à en trouver les moindres défauts.

December 16, 2004

This is escapist fare that doesn't pretend to be Shakespeare. For what it purports to be, I found it entertaining.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

A light caper movie, with heavy emphasis on the word 'light' -- light plot, light action, light violence, light sex, light humor, light acting.

Full Review… | March 2, 2004
Window to the Movies

It is neither good nor bad, engaging nor boring, sexy nor pedestrian.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003

... workmanlike heist flick with some funny lines and some good (if brief) chases ...

Full Review… | October 28, 2003

The Italian Job might have been an enjoyable ride if it had even an ounce of creative intelligence.

October 5, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Italian Job

Fun and enjoyable.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Remake of the 1969 film, The Italian Job, this film is a good heist film that could have been much better. The film is entertaining, but lacks anything truly great. The heist itself seems all too easy, and personally; I felt that the heist in original film was far more exciting than this. But I felt that this came off a little flat. The film is good, but it's nothing really remarkable. The cast are fun, but to be honest, I really didn't like Edward Norton here; I felt that this was one of his weakest films, and that I thought that the part should have been recast. This film, compared to the original, can be seen as a pure popcorn flick. I felt it lacked the intellectuality of the original, the wit and suspense of the heist and phenomenal, top-notch acting. With this remake, everything is predictable, and they just changed a few things around to make it "thrilling". This remake isn't bad, I was entertained by it, and like it, but compared to the original, and it's not as good. For what it is, this is still an entertaining film; just don't expect anything as great as the original. As far as remakes are concerned, this isn't bad, but it's not great either. This film is just a case of been there done that, but I guess in the end, it's good for a mindless night of excitement, which it does well. The film does have plenty of thrills, although the plot is predictable and we know how it will end. Despite its flaws, I enjoyed it, but I'll stick with the original. If you enjoy heist films, then give this one a shot.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A heist movie that is highly entertaining with fun performances throughout. A good time.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


A fast paced joy ride with plenty of action and excitement.

Shawn Ewing

Super Reviewer

The Italian Job Quotes

John Bridger:
I trust everyone, It's the devil inside them I don't trust.
– Submitted by Rita C (23 months ago)
Stella Bridger:
I trust everyone. It's the devil inside them I don't trust.
– Submitted by Karim Z (2 years ago)
If there's one thing I know, it's never to mess with mother nature, mother in-laws and, mother freaking Ukrainians.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Stella Bridger:
I don't go out with strange men. I just met you five minutes ago.
Steve Frezelli:
I guess I'll just have to sabotage my cable, you know, till we get to know each other well enough.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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