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The Italian Job (2003)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 10

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.



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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

Oct 7, 2003


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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.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.

June 5, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Exciting heist film for teens and their families.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

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

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

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

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

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.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
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.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

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.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

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

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

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

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

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.
May 16, 2014

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.
June 10, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A heist movie that is highly entertaining with fun performances throughout. A good time.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

A fast paced joy ride with plenty of action and excitement.
November 28, 2011

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    1. John Bridger: I trust everyone, It's the devil inside them I don't trust.
    – Submitted by Rita C (22 months ago)
    1. Stella Bridger: I trust everyone. It's the devil inside them I don't trust.
    – Submitted by Karim Z (2 years ago)
    1. Skinny: 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)
    1. Stella Bridger: I don't go out with strange men. I just met you five minutes ago.
    2. 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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