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The Italian Job Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Exciting heist film for teens and their families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 9, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A fun bit of action comedy with a bang up cast.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The Italian Job turns out well, a fast and entertaining caper designed to give you a couple of fun hours.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2008
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 6, 2008
Gary Gray's version is tauter, better made but insufficiently idiosyncratic to attract a cult following.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
A passable time-waster ... directed with some grace and snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.
Robert Learner
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
F. Gary Gray has crafted a fun summer film packed with action, comedy, and a talented ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury
January 21, 2005
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.
December 16, 2004
Cette production estivale est divertissante l'espace d'un instant si l'on ne cherche pas à en trouver les moindres défauts.
| Original Score: C
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
This is escapist fare that doesn't pretend to be Shakespeare. For what it purports to be, I found it entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 2, 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 | Original Score: 5/10
Ed Colley
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
It is neither good nor bad, engaging nor boring, sexy nor pedestrian.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 28, 2003
... workmanlike heist flick with some funny lines and some good (if brief) chases ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Gilchrist
October 5, 2003
The Italian Job might have been an enjoyable ride if it had even an ounce of creative intelligence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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