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Heist Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 29, 2001
I couldn't believe any of it on any level, though it could be described as 'fun.'
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2001
This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 24, 2001
The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 16, 2001
There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2001
A perfectly pleasurable ride.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2001
A minor work by a major guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2001
It's less plot-driven than The Score but is more satisfying because of what Mamet leaves out.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 9, 2001
David Mamet drives us crazy with a characteristically convoluted caper film that's a lot more about attitude and sleight of hand than it is about action. Mischievous, but you really have to go with the flow.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 9, 2001
A hard-boiled winner.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2001
Full of action and suspense, Heist is above all a gratifyingly adult entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric B. Markiewicz
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2001
There are dialogue-driven scenes in this movie that will blow you away -- nobody writes like Mamet at the top of his game.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2001
Essentially a genre piece overdecorated with phrases, quirks and narrative slipknots with a mannered look-at-me cleverness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2001
If it piles on more psychological fake-outs than is safe in a setup this size -- well, at least it's got that talk, that language, that thing Mamet does that is at this point as identifiable as the cadences of the Bard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 9, 2001
Rare for Mamet, that talk here sometimes comes off as strained and awkward, or as a slightly highbrow variation on the usual hackneyed bon mots of generic action films.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 9, 2001
Once you recognize that each new development is nothing more than a prelude to another con, any sense of tension is moot.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2001
Heist is the kind of caper movie that was made before special effects replaced wit, construction and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 8, 2001
Mamet doesn't just give us an enthralling heist flick, he makes the language something to savor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 8, 2001
Passable but never exciting.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 8, 2001
For fans of The Sting and other classic cons, this will sound like jackpot time. For others, who prefer their capers less tidy or self-consciously clever, this exercise may carry all the excitement of a drugged mouse in a maze.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2001
A whirl of action going nowhere fast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 8, 2001
What Heist lacks in novelty it makes up for in solid entertainment.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 8, 2001
Heist is Mamet's biggest and most accessible thriller to date, and if you've never seen any of his films, the movie will work its devilish magic. But for the initiated, Heist carries a whiff of disappointment.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 8, 2001
Heist lacks the smugness of Mr. Mamet's State and Main but never reaches the wit-quota of his The Spanish Prisoner and Wag the Dog. Even if it's not memorable Mamet, it's a largely intriguing movie.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 8, 2001
Not awful but nowhere near as good as it should have been.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 6, 2001
A neat, bouncy, minor-key crime procedural that shakes no rafters.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2001
It's consistently fun, occasionally funny, and will have viewers on the edges of their seats on more than one occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 16, 2001
Mamet serves up a satisfying entree.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2001
The cast is brilliant, the plotting ingenious, the dialogue incendiary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
September 24, 2001
Heist not only reminds us that there's a little larceny in all of us, but reminds us as well how much fun it can be to commune with our inner thief.
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David Rooney
Variety
September 6, 2001
While staccato dialogue and edgy confrontations have always been the wordsmith's forte, the precision-tooled mechanics of an elaborate crime caper have not, and the physical direction here could use some muscle.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2001
As capers go, Heist is considerably less than thrilling.