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The Bank Job Reviews

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Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 6, 2008
Owes more to Eastenders than The Italian Job with its mostly implausible piece of fiction disguising itself as a true crime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2008
The falling-apart of this caper is much odder and more intriguing than the setting-up, but by the time The Bank Job gets there, it has already fallen apart.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It isn't bad, but it can't find a rhythm between being based on a true, ugly story and trying to be a fun bank heist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
THE BANK JOB is like a good movie trapped under ice. You can see it wants to be good on the surface, but just can't seem bust through.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2008
No worse than its generic title. And no better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 29, 2008
While other countries do state-of-the-art schadenfreude, we are stuck in the steam age. We feed coal into the engines of old-fashioned heist thrillers.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 16, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
March 7, 2008
There's TOO much story here. There are so many characters, twists, and turns in The Bank Job that the movie often feels disjointed and borderline impossible to follow.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 28, 2008
Tautly mounted, it all looks authentically old fashioned, and there are a few nuggets of amusing dialogue amid the occasional violence, sexual debauchery, political corruption and overall hedonistic atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
March 6, 2008
Well, at least Katie Holmes and Diane Keaton aren't in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 29, 2008
The cast is fine, clearly enjoying the 70s period and creating characters that are likeable but thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 7, 2008
It's something new for heist pictures: a movie that can't even rip off its predecessor with any panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Markerson
E! Online
March 6, 2008
There's no style, flash or flow to these proceedings -- the story proceeds as if by rote, a recital of events that's always a few paces behind any able-minded viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
March 6, 2008
Donaldson's film, about a dangerous crime during a tumultuous time period, suffers from a filmmaker utterly uninterested in dangerous filmmaking.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 6, 2008
Tunneling underground notwithstanding, a heist movie shouldn't feel this much like drudgery.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 17, 2008
A tall tale like this one needed to be sprightlier and cheekier; what we get is boring competence.
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
February 28, 2008
Despite a good premise, this is oddly uninvoling -- culminating in a real disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 9, 2008
Despite some graphic violence to mar the film, if you can hang in for the shamefully slow first half, the last 40 minutes is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 7, 2008
It's a routine treatment of a heist too outrageous to be believed, even if it is based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
March 6, 2008
Rote situations, wooden dialogue, and Jason Statham.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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