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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 20, 2013
Genuinely captivating and intriguing, Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers puts together a remarkable tale that goes past simply judging it's subjects, and tries to find their motivation, without ever rationalizing what they've done.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 4, 2013
It's pacey and often exhilarating. And also strikingly timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
September 26, 2013
The casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
August 24, 2013
A delightful documentary that dances along the edge between intellectual think-piece and ring-a-ding, Ocean's-style criminal lifestyle celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 22, 2013
[The] excursions into moral and sociological themes are what makes "Smash and Grab" so intriguing, and what separate it from a kind of "Ocean's Eleven"-style verite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
August 6, 2013
Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers is entertaining and insightful. A must see.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 1, 2013
Havana Marking's imaginatively made documentary is a gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 1, 2013
The film will more than scratch an itch for heist film fans waiting for the next Topkapi, Rififi, or The Thomas Crown Affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 1, 2013
The doc breezily sketches out the process of casing, smashing, grabbing, escaping, and fencing, not in as much detail as David Samuels's stellar New Yorker piece on the Panthers a couple years back, but with some added pathos.
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 1, 2013
Havana Marking's documentary ... purports to be a true-life detailing of such felons, but is far less engaging, And due to certain directorial choices, it also comes across as somewhat factually dubious.
Mark Adams
Screen International
July 31, 2013
Fascinating and gripping.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2013
Using real-life surveillance footage and interviews with several of the gang's members themselves, this eerily timely true-crime documentary fascinates.
Ben Kenigsberg
RogerEbert.com
July 31, 2013
The most interesting aspect of "Smash and Grab" is that the thieves, while not exactly repentant, are depicted as fallible and human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
July 31, 2013
The insider's level of detail that gives so many good crime movies their bite is also what makes the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers" guiltily absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 31, 2013
The characters are so flashy that you can cast the Hollywood adaptation in your head while you watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
AV Club
July 31, 2013
Smash & Grab is so impressed with The Panthers, whose reputation has a (largely phony) Robin Hood element, that it often tips into unjustified fawning.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 30, 2013
It's entertaining as far as it goes, but this doc's greatest value may be as research material for the next great international caper film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 30, 2013
The film is so all over the place stylistically that it often seems like several different movies cut together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2013
It occasionally succumbs to the pitfalls of the mock-thriller kitsch it slyly dismantles, but it's made up for in a wry and experimental visual style that satirically paints a vibrant crime fantasia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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