The Thief (Vor) (Вор) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The powerful persona that is evoked by Mashkov, a Russian stage actor and romantic star of cinema, makes the melodramatics more convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
The film falls short as a romance, however, never achieving the depths for which writer-director Chukhrai clearly strives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
[As] a film, The Thief fails in its effort to portray Stalinist Russia to an international audience.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is clear fairly early in The Thief that the title character represents Stalin, and it's one of the strengths of the film that the symbolism never gets in the way of a convincing, heartbreaking story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There is more to this picture than just an affecting story; for those who care to look, there's plenty of symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
...The Thief is also a reminder of just how exhilarating and satisfying a good tragedy can be...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
[A] clever allegory about the death of Stalinism in post-Second World War Soviet Union.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Thief is a beautiful movie about terrible things that happen to a widow and her young son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Beautifully photographed by Vladimir Klimov and utilizing Victor Petrov's strikingly authentic set to resemble a railway car of the 1950s, The Thief provides us with a broad sweep of Russian everymen as well as its principal performers.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
...compelling, great-looking...
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As dramatically compelling as it is heavily metaphorical...
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
[A] pleasant romantic drama.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
...every bit as brilliant as its reputation suggests and is the feel-bad movie of the month, to boot.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
[Stealing] the show is the eight-year-old Philipchuk, whose wide eyes register awe, puzzlement and misery with a conviction not seen since Salvatore Cascio in Cinema Paradiso.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
As mentioned, the payoff to this isn't exactly surprising, but the scenes that precede it are very good, thanks to Chukhrai's suspenseful plotting and convincing dialogue, as well as the terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The Thief is one in a long line of competent Eastern European movies that evoke the hardships of the Second World War II effectively but not exactly inspiringly.
Gemma Files
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
The Thief, Russian director Pavel Chukhrai's new film, is both a simple story simply told and an uneasy political fable.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's a superb film in the classic style of screen storytelling, at once intimate and epic, possessed of lyrical beauty and suffused with that mixture of warmth, suffering and rueful humor so characteristic of Russian films.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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