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The Sting Reviews

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 24, 2015
It is a sparkling film, an American Borsalino, with sharp, clever dialogue, directed at a fine pace and with a good eye for period detail by George Roy Hill.
Top Critic
Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 27, 2015
As for Newman and Redford, they have developed a form of instant communication. Words are not as important as they way they look at each other. Call it as snow job or call it acting, it is very pleasing to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Patrick Smith
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 1, 2015
The Sting remains the definitive con artist comedy: as irresistible and ingenious as the scheme that hooks in Doyle.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 16, 2014
Redford and Newman provide the real sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 12, 2014
The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 3, 2013
A perfectly calibrated machine designed to be as entertaining as possible in as many ways as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nathan Ditum
Total Film
February 20, 2013
A masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 14, 2012
a brilliant piece of moviemaking that is extremely watchable and completely enjoyable, even almost 40 years after it was made
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012
A great pick for repeat viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Smart, stylish caper -- but not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 19, 2008
The Sting still holds up as a beautifully constructed piece of mainstream entertainment with two stars burning brightly and staying on the right side of smug.
Top Critic
A.D. Murphy
February 19, 2008
Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.
Susan Granger
March 9, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 15, 2007
The camaraderie between the two principal actors is almost as appealing as it was in Butch Cassidy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
Top-notch entertainment.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 13, 2006
A sly heist-style caper the joyously relives the Roaring Twenties
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 25, 2006
this Depression-era comedy cashes in on the individual charm of Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the strong chemistry between them, also evident in Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film ends up relying on different chapter headings to explain what's going on, but it's all very professional, with fine attention to period detail.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 17, 2005
Still fairly entertaining, though its tricky twists have been co-opted by many subsequent films, and there's no getting around the fact that [it's] way too long.
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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