The Good Thief

Critics Consensus

Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style.



Total Count: 146


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Movie Info

Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on the casino heist of a lifetime; a spectacular sleight of hand--two heists, one real, one not, but which is which? Under the watchful eye of Roger, a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him, Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo and Raoul, technical mastermind Vladimer, former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said, Anne, a young Eastern girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft--identical twins Albert and Bertram.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Thief

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (44)

  • The problems stem from ragged storytelling, a surfeit of silly epigrams and a jangle of accents and cultures that leaves you wondering where Mr. Nolte's strangulated crook fits in.

    Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Good Thief is worth seeing, if only for Nolte's turn as the loveable de-toxing rogue.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While Jordan's repeated freeze-frames try a little too hard for nonchalance, the overall cocktail of Gallic insouciance and American film noir grit delivers such relaxant properties you forgive a few foibles.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Discount its distinctly casual approach to the mechanics of a multi-million Euro robbery, and it's not bad at all.

    Jul 25, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Jordan has lovingly recreated much of what glittered in the hard French thrillers that once starred Delon and Belmondo, and provided a superbly customized vehicle for the salty charms of ashtray-voiced Nick Nolte.

    May 1, 2003

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Great fun despite its deficiency as a presumed thriller.

    Apr 30, 2003 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Good Thief

  • Mar 25, 2012
    I'll be honest: I only watched this movie because of Said Taghmoui. The story was just so-so for me and I just couldn't take my mind off the bad editing. Every time a scene would end and cut to the next, it would freeze. And not in the artsy way, more like the editors didn't know what they were doing.
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2012
    "The Good Thief" is an entertaining film that reminded me a lot of another one of Neil Jordan's films, "Mona Lisa." Nick Nolte delivers a strong performance and Jordan's direction is spot-on for most of the time, but the plot is riddled with more holes than John Dillinger's body and the editing style is a bit distracting and inconsistent.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    A movie that tried really hard for the "cool" factor, complete with a "cool" french soundtrack. It's a decent watch. It may have been much better with a better lead? I wasn't buying the suave gambler/thief played by Nick Nolte..but that's just me, maybe. I'm not really a fan.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    I like films that successfully give actors fish out of water characters. The professional in a foreign land. Here we get a good American in Nice exercise and it brings out the best in Nolte.
    John B Super Reviewer

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