The Italian Job (2003)



Critic 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.

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

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Troy Kennedy-Martin, Wayne Powers, Donna Powers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Box Office: $106.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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as Handsome Rob

as Left Ear

as Christina Griego

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as Metro Conductor

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as First Detective

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as Security Guard

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as Mechanic

as ATSAC Supervisor

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as Young Charlie

as Skinny Pete's Girl

as Gold Truck Guard

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Critic Reviews for The Italian Job

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44)

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

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

A fun bit of action comedy with a bang up cast.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Italian Job


Cool and slick, with a decent cast to deliver the goods, this heist caper is less about the steal than about the tension between the characters working the grab. The audience I saw it with audibly gasped when the twist showed up early on.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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