The General Reviews
Brendon Gleeson is OK as Carhill. I found the folksiness of his character irritating though, but that could be the director's fault. Good support from Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Angeline Ball. (Interesting to note that Doyle Kennedy and Ball starred together in The Commitments too).
Now, why on earth did they have to cast American Jon Voight in one of the major roles, as the police inspector? He brought nothing to the role and surely an Irish actor would have done a better job.
Brendan Gleeson is fantastic as the eponymous character; he's both awkward and wily, not looking the part of the thief but pulling it off believably. The rest of the supporting cast supports Gleeson admirably, but even Jon Voight doesn't deliver a stand-out performance.
The story is fairly basic -- a crime drama in which the criminal cleverly eludes his pursuers -- and I can't say that by the end of the film I cared about the characters. The film is so evenly presented that I wondered what it was saying. What is unique about this criminal that we haven't seen before besides his physique (compare Gleeson to George Clooney's Danny Ocean)?
Overall, there's not a lot to feel strongly about in this film except Gleeson's superb performance.
Movie Dick OVER & OUT