Thief Reviews

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March 26, 2009
A slick Chicago crime-drama with a well-developed sense of pathos running throughout.
January 26, 2006
A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool.
October 23, 2004
It's one of those films where you feel the authority right away: This movie knows its characters, knows its story, and knows exactly how it wants to tell us about them.
August 30, 2004
Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the temptation to allow dialogue that is colorful to turn, all of a sudden, into deep, abiding purple.
October 19, 2018
On the one hand, it looks and feels like a high-gloss fantasy... But on the other, it's as gritty a crime picture as they come, dead set on getting even the smallest touches right. The combination makes for a movie unlike any other.
July 9, 2017
...a deliberately-paced character study that's peppered with heist-like elements...
June 3, 2015
Thief wears its genre as a badge of honour from the very first scene.
April 18, 2014
Caan delivers what might be the best performance of his career.
April 2, 2014
Ground zero for Michael Mann--his origin story...
February 12, 2014
James Caan gives a standout performance, investing in Frank a sense of determination that runs contrary to the fatalistic drive of the narrative.
February 6, 2014
[Michael] Mann has a talent for making cops into Cops, crooks into Crooks, and heroes into Heroes, for telling stories where stark types of the kind found in noir or crime fiction are transformed into legends.
January 29, 2014
An ancient time... when master criminals were manly men with giant tools.
January 10, 2014
Not a big job but glowing with Criterion's imperial sheen and resplendent sound mix. Maybe the less said the better? Like a good, mean crime novel, kick back and enjoy the fireworks.
January 8, 2014
It's almost as if Mann was shot out of the womb fully formed as a visual artist, because the slick, neon-lit widescreen images of 1981′s Thief echo his later films.
April 19, 2010
neo-Melvillian existentialism
June 5, 2009
Not just the best film of [Michael Mann's] career, but one of the best American films of the whole of the 1980s.
October 8, 2005
A tough and intense crime thriller. James Caan gives one of his finest performances.
June 29, 2005
June 1, 2005
November 28, 2004
A cool action film.
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