Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie
A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.
At times unbearably objective.
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.
A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words.
| Original Score: 10/10
Great Altman film with strong work by Carradine and Duvall.
| Original Score: 5/5
a daffy mix of purposefully bad jokes and often aimless ponderings
| Original Score: 4/5
Captivating remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night.
| Original Score: A-
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.
Altman's ironic deconstruction of the Hollywood "couple on the run" genre, with direct references to They Live By Night and Bonnie and Clyde
| Original Score: B+
Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Altman may not tell a story better than any one, but he sees one with great clarity and tenderness.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: 3/5