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The Bank Job Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 7, 2008
The workmanlike title The Bank Job is a nice fit for this wham-bam caper flick.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
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
March 7, 2008
No worse than its generic title. And no better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
March 7, 2008
Well-paced, smartly told and unpretentious, this solid British heist thriller also has moments of invention and imagination
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
March 6, 2008
Fascinating.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 6, 2008
The Bank Job is fun to watch while both the heist and its often bloody consequences unravel in front of you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 6, 2008
The Bank Job is a solidly built and entertaining Brit B-movie about a heist that goes wrong. And right.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
March 4, 2008
This sluggishly paced caper flick fails to score.
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.
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.
March 3, 2008
Terrific film. Quite a surprise.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2008
An engrossing if underwhelming period thriller.
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