The Art of the Steal (2014)



Critic Consensus: It boasts a terrific cast led by the always-watchable Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, but The Art of the Steal wastes its stars on a formulaic plot that borrows too obviously from superior heist pictures.

Movie Info

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about … More

Rating: R (for language throughout including some sexual references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Sobol
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2014
Box Office: $61.4k
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as Crunch Calhoun

as Francie Tobin

as Nicky Calhoun

as Samuel Winter

as Guy de Cornet

as Uncle Paddy McCarthy

as Interpol Agent Bick

as Female Border Guard

as Julius Friedman

as Van Der Beer

as Ginger

as Ranking Officer

as Detective Brodowski

as Detective Kumik

as Belly Dancer

as Bartkowiak

as Beefy Guy #1

as Dirty Ernie

as Reverend Herman Head...

as Carmen

as Beefy Guy #2

as Reverend Herman Head...
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Critic Reviews for The Art of the Steal

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

A derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Top Critic

An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell may not make the most convincing half-brothers, but "The Art of the Steal" is a fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Director Jonathan Sobol clearly understands the first rule of a good grift: misdirection. He packs his middling caper flick with so many known faces, it's easy to miss all the other familiarities.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Top Critic

With one contrived plot twist too many the final act descends into a fug of farce stealing the film's early promise.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Art of the Steal

Typical confidence caper pulled off by capable hands all around making for a good afternoon at the movies. Think Thomas Crown Affair. Fun stuff.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A tremendously enjoyable and twist filled comedy caper with a great cast that you cant help but love. A hilarious, stylish and wickedly entertaining movie from start to finish. It's fresh, fun, loaded with ideas and pays great homage to classics like The Sting and Oceans Eleven. The entire cast is fantastic and give funny and sharp performances. Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon and Terence Stamp are excellent. Kenneth Welsh, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jason Jones are hilarious.

Al S

Super Reviewer


While I still sat through this movie entertained, it wasn't that great.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

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