The Italian Job Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 10, 2011
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 8, 2003
A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2003
A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 3, 2003
Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 2, 2003
... a real marvel of filmmaking.
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May 31, 2003
A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 30, 2003
Take this Job and floor it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
May 30, 2003
This is Wahlberg's third remake of a '60s film in three years, and it's time he left that poor decade alone.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2003
This is pure entertainment but smart entertainment, plotted and executed with invention and humor and acted by a winning cast radiating good-movie energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2003
In a business starved for original ideas, in a summer of sloppy remakes, The Italian Job sets a kind of benchmark for recycling.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 30, 2003
Like the tiny cars it features, it's not particularly extravagant or terribly sophisticated. It is amusingly put together and a fun ride.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 30, 2003
The Italian Job may not be the most memorable film you'll see all summer, but it's a fairly good alternative to many of the prequels and sequels we have ahead of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2003
This is the zippy remake that Ocean's Eleven wanted to be and wasn't quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 30, 2003
It may not steal your heart, but you won't feel robbed.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 30, 2003
The Italian Job has a decent enough heart, and, thanks to Seth Green and Mos Def, some funny moments. It's just not racing with enough adrenaline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2003
This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 30, 2003
A movie so eagerly and infectiously living for the moment that it barely follows the contours of the 1969 British caper flick that inspired it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 30, 2003
Does exactly what it's supposed to, which is to make the heart beat slightly faster.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 30, 2003
The talented cast and competent direction keep you rooting for these good thieves, even when common sense urges you to keep your cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 30, 2003
A slicker, faster-paced, high-tech upgrade that lifts the sprightly spirit and the main action set piece from the original while developing its own twists and a new ending that, though a bit too pat and eager to please, is a vast improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 30, 2003
Small and steady, it wins the race with brains, not brawn.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 30, 2003
It cheerfully puts the escape back in escapism.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 30, 2003
The Italian Job does a decent job of throwing in a little something for everyone while avoiding any truly serious moves.
| Original Score: B-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 29, 2003
A lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 29, 2003
Watching The Italian Job in a theater makes you long for a fast-forward button -- to skip past 90 eyeball-glazing minutes of generic caper plotting and cut to the chase, as it were.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 29, 2003
The film has plenty of giggles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2003
Even though the 1969 original Italian Job had Michael Caine in the title role, carrying out the plans of imprisoned criminal mastermind Noel Coward, this new version has it all over the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 29, 2003
The Minis rule the road for 14 minutes in The Italian Job, and not a second of it is anything but screeching fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 29, 2003
With its impeccable timing, steady kinetic drive and superbly choreographed chase sequences through the canals of Venice and the streets of Los Angeles, the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, feels a like smooth, exciting whoosh down a ski slope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 29, 2003
Good, crisp fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2003
Wahlberg is largely forgettable, and his would-be romance with Theron is sparkless and perfunctory.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 29, 2003
Not only is this new Job a generally better movie than the 1969 caper, it moves through the paces with a light, confident grace very much its own.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2003
The Italian Job zooms along with confidence, smarts, and some of the coolest car chases this side of the Indy 500.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 29, 2003
Screenwriting couple Donna and Wayne Powers have managed to downgrade what was only a half-decent 1969 crime flick to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2003
Smart, quick-paced and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 29, 2003
Paramount's new version boasts no such cultural resonance, but it's far more enjoyable than, say, X2 or The Matrix Reloaded.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2003
This movie has more personality and humor than most films of its recent type.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 29, 2003
The Italian Job gets the job done, but that's about it.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 28, 2003
Glib, violently unreal, and gone in 60 seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 27, 2003
The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2003
Even if there's little question that the good thieves will triumph, the film generates a good share of tension.