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Thieves Like Us Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
December 8, 2014
Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it.
Fernando F. Croce
August 18, 2014
Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 23, 2011
A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 20, 2007
A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Steve Crum
August 14, 2007
Great Altman film with strong work by Carradine and Duvall.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Barsanti
May 21, 2007
a daffy mix of purposefully bad jokes and often aimless ponderings
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 18, 2007
Captivating remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
October 22, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Altman may not tell a story better than any one, but he sees one with great clarity and tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
May 23, 2011
At times unbearably objective.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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