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The Good Thief Reviews

June 24, 2006
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.
May 1, 2003
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.
April 30, 2003
Great fun despite its deficiency as a presumed thriller.
April 24, 2003
It's a heist film with a muddled plot, a character study with no personality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 24, 2003
Rumpled and dissolute, Nolte shambles through this gracefully atmospheric crime film with a cool poignancy that verges on the comic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2003
With his haggard good looks and bearish presence, Nolte is the main event in this colorful three-ring circus of a heist picture.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2003
This is a movie for which you want to give an award to the casting director, Susie Figgis.
April 18, 2003
A sparkling exercise in movie cool.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
The heist is the story's spine, the melody. But what's really interesting are the solo flights that branch off and the filigrees that embellish it.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2003
Blurry, opiated, jagged with melancholy and stone cold beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2003
Nolte is perfectly cast as this charming loser. The problem is, he knows it.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 15, 2003
Jordan delivers easily his most satisfying work since 1992's The Crying Game.
April 14, 2003
[T]here probably isn't another actor in the world better suited to play a substance-abusing, world-weary charmer than Nick Nolte.
April 11, 2003
There's not much to remember a few days later, but it's eye candy of a very high order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
To the extent that it's a rhapsody on the theme of Nick Nolte, The Good Thief has considerable charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 11, 2003
Jordan's approach assumes a certain intelligence, and attentiveness, in his audience, but his joyride through the French Riviera always keeps us belted in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2003
[Nolte] is magnificent -- ravaged, desperate, aware.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
Allows cinematographer Chris Menges to work at his artful best, but in the end it seems as if Jordan has turned out a glamorized version of the kind of movies that were terrific partly because they were made on the cheap.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 11, 2003
Although there's enough of a good time in The Good Thief to merit half a thumb's up, Melville's film remains the original and Jordan's version very much an over-exuberant replica.
April 11, 2003
Nolte is not only made for the role, he's also rehearsed it in real life.
April 11, 2003
Whether or not Nolte topped up every day on the set, it is clear that he was born to play Bob.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2003
Mr. Jordan adeptly keeps the movie saturated in jazzy cool, preserving the original film's hard-boiled romantic notions of what does and does not make a good thief.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2003
Extremely smart and cleverly crafted, this heist movie set on the French Riviera will keep you guessing even when you already know the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2003
Jordan returns to the demimonde -- and the more personal style of filmmaking -- of his earlier triumphs, such as Mona Lisa and The Crying Game.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2003
It's vibrant, tremendously exciting, and done with a wit, feeling and panache that keep your mind and senses in constant overdrive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2003
Irresistibly seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2003
This remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's 1955 Bob le Flambeur tries for a stylish, shambling grace. But like Bob, it can't quite get it up.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2003
A solid work of craft that doubles as a little meditation on art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2003
In terms of its myriad screen predecessors, it's still on the high side of 'heist.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2003
It's thin movie tinsel that, while lovingly polished, never becomes more than tinsel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 3, 2003
The Good Thief has the restless motion one associates with cinematographer Chris Menges ... and the casual joyousness of a work made out of sheer movie love.
April 2, 2003
It pulses with erudition and visual kicks, but has the dulled impact of a time-sensitive bottled message that has washed ashore years too late to be of any practical use.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2003
It's a triumph of flourish, all weathered, movie-star- size gestures.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 2, 2003
It's a special triumph for Nolte.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2003
The film doesn't lack for the elements of success, but as so often happens with the heists themselves, nothing works out as planned.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 1, 2003
It's all pizzazz, and the pizzazz is all borrowed.
March 31, 2003
It is a decidedly mixed bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2003
Bob is a marvelous creation -- a faker who is also the genuine article.
September 18, 2002
Jordan creates a dark fantasy certain to seduce lovers of the cinema of excess.