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Thief Reviews

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Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ross McIndoe
The Skinny
June 3, 2015
Thief wears its genre as a badge of honour from the very first scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Carroll
August 8, 2002
It's a shame Thief isn't better remembered by people. If you really enjoy films about robberies, this one is right up your alley. Caan is terrific, and Mann's budding talent is evident.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
April 19, 2010
neo-Melvillian existentialism
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 29, 2014
An ancient time... when master criminals were manly men with giant tools.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A slick Chicago crime-drama with a well-developed sense of pathos running throughout.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Good guys and bad guys have never been harder to peg, which is why Thief is so much fun, filled with nuance and subtlety not often found among caper flicks.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
April 18, 2003
An engrossing early effort from Michael Mann
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2004
Thief embues the crime story genre with fresh sophistication.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 28, 2004
A cool action film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
A tough and intense crime thriller. James Caan gives one of his finest performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
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