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The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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A free-spirited thief touches the lives of everyone she steals from in director Josh Safdie's tale of loneliness in the big city. Eleonore (Eleonore Hendricks) is attractive, fearless, and stealthy enough to lift the wallet of even the most alert and aware citizens of New York City. But while most folks view thieves as inherently selfish, Eleonore has a generous streak a mile wide. One day, after nabbing the purse of an unsuspecting stranger and adopting a litter of kittens she finds in an

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Feb 9, 2010

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

The movie's refusal to judge is its most interesting attribute, if one many audiences won't be able to get around.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Less pleasurable after the first fifteen minutes.

October 18, 2008
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Few ticketbuyers will take joy in The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Joshua Safdie's pranksterish New York indie portrait of a deeply unsympathetic young distaff hustler.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Exposes itself as a technically deficient bore with little on its agenda.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The chance to discover a raw talent like this (who'll convince you that every movie deserves a dream sequence featuring a polar bear) is a pleasure indeed.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Our morbid curiosity for this criminal activity, akin to public gawking at traffic accidents, effectively lures us into complicity with both her and the filmmaker. And despite the moral implications constantly tugging on our collective conscience.

February 7, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A charming indie title, suffused with the spirit of the French New Wave of the early sixties and possessed of a quirky likeability.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

"Mumblecore" is the trendy term being thrown about to describe this film and its ilk, as if all this slacker randomness is some kind of acceptable cinematic companion to alternative music (which can often suck badly, too). Let's just call it pure, undilut

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Evasively banal, the story of a female petty thief in lower Manhattan morphs into a marginally intriguing character sketch at around the 55 (out of 71) minute mark.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Affects an air of expressionistic realism but has no interest in actual believability.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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