• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Altman
    In Theaters:
    Feb 11, 1974 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 17, 2007
  • United Artists

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Thieves Like Us Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 18, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 23, 2011
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 23, 2011
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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At times unbearably objective.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 23, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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Thieves Like Us proves that when Robert Altman has a solid story and script, he can make an exceptional film, one mostly devoid of clutter, auterist mannerism, and other cinema chic.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

September 20, 2007
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Great Altman film with strong work by Carradine and Duvall.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 14, 2007
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

a daffy mix of purposefully bad jokes and often aimless ponderings

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 21, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Captivating remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 18, 2007
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Each scene plays out with equal measure given to humor, pathos, eccentricity of character, the unpredictability of life, and the blundering work of getting through the day as a human being.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Altman's ironic deconstruction of the Hollywood "couple on the run" genre, with direct references to They Live By Night and Bonnie and Clyde

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

October 22, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It is full of things to think about, that hang in the memory like the details of a banal crime story on page 32, which, though read quickly, won't go away. Somehow you know that this happened.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Altman may not tell a story better than any one, but he sees one with great clarity and tenderness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004

Film4

Review This Altman classic of love, crime and bank robberies during the Depression is adapted from the same Edward Anderson novel as Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2003
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