Ocean's Eleven Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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December 10, 2008

A lark for everybody concerned, including the audience.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 11, 2006

This wholly enjoyable entertainment sees Soderbergh setting himself a new challenge - the hi-tech robbery procedural - and relishing the clichés even as he freshens them with a dab of polish, wit, pace and a light touch of irony.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 22, 2002

It can, at times, be forgettable in a fun way, especially when its funniest performers are caught in Soderbergh's spinning crosshairs.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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January 6, 2002

Fun-loving, carefully crafted romp.

| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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December 18, 2001

Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.

| Original Score: 4.5/5
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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December 10, 2001

[A] triumph of style and story...

Mike Clark
USA Today
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December 7, 2001

Despite dashes of droll dialogue from screenwriter Ted Griffin, the remake aims for cool but instead gets chilly.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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December 7, 2001

Buzzes along at a mildly entertaining pitch from start to finish.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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December 7, 2001

Soderbergh's crisp, funny heist flick makes out like a bandit. George Clooney and Elliott Gould steal the show.

John Anderson
Newsday
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December 7, 2001

Despite a lot of snappy dialogue supplied by screenwriter Ted Griffin, Ocean's Eleven bogs down in technological minutiae, pointless set pieces that aren't very funny and by indulging the urge to constantly sell itself.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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December 7, 2001

Pure Hollywood moonshine.

| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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December 7, 2001

The new Ocean's Eleven is altogether different -- it isn't content to let star power, shtick and easy camaraderie carry the day; it works for your money.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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December 7, 2001

To be sure, Soderbergh has proved his entertaining point, and done the Rat Pack one better, converting a paltry failure into a paltry success. But just how cool is that?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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December 7, 2001

Vigorous, involving entertainment.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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December 7, 2001

Admittedly, little of Ocean's Eleven is likely to hang around in your head past closing time. But that only gives you a good excuse to see it again.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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December 7, 2001

I think it's time for Soderbergh to be leaving Las Vegas.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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December 7, 2001

It didn't shake me up and I wasn't much involved, but I liked it as a five-finger exercise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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December 7, 2001

Top-of-the-line studio eye candy.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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December 7, 2001

A brand-new ride, complete with humor, action, explosives, good-looking men in tuxedos and high-tech toys.

| Original Score: 4.5/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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December 7, 2001

Need a good argument for remakes? Look no further than Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 7, 2001

Happily Soderbergh's updated Ocean's Eleven, reconceived by screenwriter Ted Griffin, has only three things in common with its source: a Vegas location, a casino-heist plot, and a crew of cool cuties.

| Original Score: 3/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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December 6, 2001

If you see only one utterly undemanding, totally inconsequential motion picture this season, make it Ocean's Eleven.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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December 6, 2001

For those not so taken by the star power, this new Ocean's Eleven is the equivalent of a domineering team you can't stand that enters the Super Bowl. Even if you don't like the players, the odds are so good that it's tough to bet against them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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December 6, 2001

A champagne bubble of a movie, lively, effervescent and diverting. If it bursts earlier than we'd like -- and it does -- that takes nothing away from the considerable pleasure it provides along the way.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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December 6, 2001

Vastly superior to the 1960 Rat Pack original, it boasts a well-structured, if engagingly improbable, story line and a glistening cast that performs with brio.

Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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December 6, 2001

The kind of movie that makes you wish you were having as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
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December 6, 2001

It's extremely confusing, but you quickly learn to ignore the details and just watch the glam cast have fun.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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December 6, 2001

There is considerable pleasure to be had watching a Hollywood formula crowd-pleaser, no matter how irreverent, that's been made with intelligence, wit and style.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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December 6, 2001

The cinematic version of a Happy Meal -- tasty and filling, not particularly nutritious, but generally pleasing for all.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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December 6, 2001

Good, expensive, easygoing fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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December 6, 2001

One of those sit-back, relax and enjoy-it movies.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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December 5, 2001

Made with so much wit and brains and dazzle and virtuosity that the sheer speed and cleverness of the caper hits you like a shot of pure oxygen.

Full Review | Original Score: A
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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December 4, 2001

Jazzy and insouciant, if not quite what Frank would have called classy.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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December 4, 2001

There's a world of difference between an accomplished popcorn movie like this one and one that's oversalted.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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December 3, 2001

Represents a mostly successful stylistic shift into sheer artifice, where the force of the personalities involved compels your interest.