Den of Thieves

Critics Consensus

Den of Thieves pays energetic homage to classic heist thrillers of the past; unfortunately, it never comes close to living up to its obvious inspirations.



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Every day, $120mm in cash is taken out of circulation and destroyed by the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve - unless a notorious, elite crew of bank robbers can pull off the ultimate heist and get to the money first... right under the noses of LA's most feared division in law enforcement.

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Critic Reviews for Den of Thieves

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (20)

  • The film's sole virtue is its finale - a complicated plot twist that sparks a belated, and brief, surge of interest.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Lethal Weapon meets Heat meets an unintentional Tropic Thunder-style parody in a straight-faced cop movie that begins with fabulous verve and energy before descending into giggle-inducing macho clichés.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It often resembles a men's rights bonding weekend more than it does a movie.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Den of Thieves delivers an above-average cops-and-robbers heist film.

    Jan 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Den of Thieves" may not be as moody as "To Live and Die in L.A." or as clever as "The Usual Suspects," but it works well on its own terms. As for Butler, it's like discovering him all over again.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • The loser is the audience for Den of Thieves, an over-the-top crime saga mainly indicating that its writer/director has seen Michael Mann's Heat too many times.

    Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Den of Thieves

  • Jul 20, 2019
    A gritty crime thriller, Den of Thieves is too dark and ambiguous for its own good. The story follows an elite unit of the LA sheriff's department that investigates a crew that's planning on robbing the Los Angeles Federal Reserve Bank. Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, and O'Shea Jackson Jr. lead the cast, and give fairly decent performances. However, the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes and the plot is formulaic with all the usual tropes and clichés of a typical heist film. Also, the film goes out of its way to blur the line between good guys and bad guys; which makes it hard to root for anyone. Still, the action scenes are intense and exciting (particularly the final shootout). And a couple of the plot-twists are kind of clever. Den of Thieves is entertaining, but without with a compelling story or characters it ends up being a second rate heist film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2018
    For a movie that's basically just Heat, Heat this ain't.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2018
    Admirable is a word one might use to describe Den of Thieves. One can feel the ambition of writer/director Christian Gudegast (in his directorial debut) seeping through his extravagant and admittedly enthralling screenplay that intends to put a million things in motion only to be utilized as ideas around the repercussions of the movie's main throughline. Both a crime drama and heist film, Den of Thieves does what it sets out to do well even if Gerard Butler looks like he's about to have a heart attack at any given moment and poses no real threat to Pablo Schreiber's more imposing and charismatic Merrimen who leads the titular thieves in what is a more labored and methodical plot than one might initially give such a movie as Den of Thieves credit for. This is the kind of movie where expectations work in favor of the final product as all of the promotional material for this thing would point to it being nothing more than a direct-to-Redbox dumpster fire, but when it turns out to be something even slightly resembling a thoughtful, weighty, and often times thrilling action/drama Den of Thieves rises to be a satisfying if not slightly indulgent trip to the cinema. O'Shea Jackson Jr. is definitely a movie star, though.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2018
    I admittedly had not even heard of Den of Thieves before a month or so ago. It's not like I'm seeking out every Gerard Butler movie out there anyway. However, Den of Thieves proved to be a film that will take more than a day or two to forget. And for a January release, I'd say that's an accomplishment. This is far from an A-movie action film. It doesn't have a ton of levels of direction, acting, or writing. In fact, it's mostly a beat for beat remake of Heat, with De Niro & Pacino. But sometimes all I want is to enjoy some well-shot and heart pumping action sequences with some inconsequential thrills along the way. Den of Thieves give me just that, and surprisingly a couple chuckles as well (whether they were intentional or not). The highlight of the movie is clearly Butler's "Big Nick" Flanagan (or is it O'Brien? I honestly don't remember and I've seen conflicting answers online) and his back and forth with Pablo Schreiber. The latter is quietly building himself a solid career with this, American Gods, and his upcoming film with Damien Chazelle. Watch out for this guy. But he's very entertaining, as is Butler, flexing their muscles and manhood all the way through this Heat rip-off heist thriller. Seriously though, this movie is literally Heat. However, it's worth noting that just because this film lacks originality, doesn't mean it lacks in quality. Albeit definitely 20 minutes too long, it's hard to think of a better action film from January that I can remember. This is most certainly a 5.99 blu ray bin purchase this summer. 6.9/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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