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The Bank Job Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 7, 2008
The Bank Job is nothing more than an efficient time-killer with the added bonus of being based on a real misadventure. But, unlike its benighted cast of characters, it gets the job done without a hitch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 7, 2008
A tight, classic-feeling film about losers banding together for one big score, then scrambling furiously as they realize they're in over their heads. It's fast, nifty, sharp and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 7, 2008
Thanks to the twin pens of screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, what a jam-packed and misanthropic fiction this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2008
Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 7, 2008
With its cockneys and coppers and the caper that comes a cropper, the movie is fully engaging on several levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 7, 2008
The workmanlike title The Bank Job is a nice fit for this wham-bam caper flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 7, 2008
There's nothing here as lively as In Bruges or as arty as the recent London to Brighton. But if we are in a mini-renaissance of U.K. thrillers, even the so-so The Bank Job is a good reminder of what made them work to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 7, 2008
All in all, the film written by Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais feels both absolutely of the 1970s and absolutely fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 7, 2008
You need the right actors to make a movie as intelligent and as engaging as this one is, and [director] Donaldson knows how to make each character in this rather complex ensemble seem whole and distinct.
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2008
The movie plunges into this rank, choppy water and churns through it with a busily whirring story line and clear sense of purpose. The ride becomes its own satisfying reward, complete with the bumps and lurches along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
March 7, 2008
Blending suspense, humor, period detail, interesting characters and bringing together a complex plot in an immensely satisfying way, [director Roger] Donaldson really pulled one off this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 7, 2008
The Bank Job engages us fully with a tale that's well-fashioned more than anything else, a fascinating study of morality at several levels of English society, and of honor, or the lack of it, among implausibly likable thieves.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 7, 2008
Well-paced, smartly told and unpretentious, this solid British heist thriller also has moments of invention and imagination
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 7, 2008
This may be just another bank job, like many you've seen before, but here's the payoff: it's a heist that actually looks real for once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 6, 2008
The story is filled with new dimensions that separate it from a run-of-the-mill heist flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 6, 2008
Director Roger Donaldson commendably avoids the violence-soaked artiness of Guy Ritchie's crime yarns, but fails to find a strong arc of action through the cluttered, sometimes confusing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2008
Fascinating.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 6, 2008
The Bank Job would probably go down a little easier if there weren't so much potential for seizing on a ripe cultural moment. Some stories are too good for mediocrity.
| Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 6, 2008
The Bank Job is fun to watch while both the heist and its often bloody consequences unravel in front of you.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 6, 2008
What makes director Roger Donaldson's movie greater than zany heist fare is that this particular robbery really happened and that this episode illuminated an almost moral clash between the haves and the have-nots of Great Britain.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2008
Watching The Bank Job, you buy the heist, and you also buy the entertaining layer cake of British society -- the black radicals, smut lords, and MI5 agents who treat cops like janitors, all fighting for their piece of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 6, 2008
Any heist film containing the line 'I will not be lectured by the porn king of Soho!' is on the right track.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 6, 2008
It gets right the twists, the humor, the tension, the sexiness and, yes, the violence of a really fun, taut British thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 6, 2008
The Bank Job is a solidly built and entertaining Brit B-movie about a heist that goes wrong. And right.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 5, 2008
The Bank Job is smart, well-paced, exciting entertainment for adults -- something that is more of a rarity than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 5, 2008
The Bank Job shapes up as one of the liveliest entertainments of the year and, in its twisted way, a genuine feel-good movie.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2008
This sluggishly paced caper flick fails to score.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 4, 2008
It's all sufficiently brisk and engaging as it's going on, and afterward you certainly won't feel ripped off. But you won't feel any differently, either.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 3, 2008
Roger Donaldson, the Australian-born director who, in recent years, has become the kind of solid pro that Hollywood developed in the nineteen-thirties and forties, has made a straightforward, tight-knit crime thriller.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 3, 2008
Terrific film. Quite a surprise.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 28, 2008
Director Roger Donaldson keeps the suspense crackling. By the end, you'll want to know more about a heist that literally did shake the empire.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 28, 2008
An engrossing if underwhelming period thriller.
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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