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Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 22, 2013
[The] excursions into moral and sociological themes are what makes "Smash and Grab" so intriguing, and what separate it from a kind of "Ocean's Eleven"-style verite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 1, 2013
Havana Marking's imaginatively made documentary is a gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 1, 2013
The doc breezily sketches out the process of casing, smashing, grabbing, escaping, and fencing, not in as much detail as David Samuels's stellar New Yorker piece on the Panthers a couple years back, but with some added pathos.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2013
Using real-life surveillance footage and interviews with several of the gang's members themselves, this eerily timely true-crime documentary fascinates.
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Ben Kenigsberg
RogerEbert.com
July 31, 2013
The most interesting aspect of "Smash and Grab" is that the thieves, while not exactly repentant, are depicted as fallible and human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
July 31, 2013
The insider's level of detail that gives so many good crime movies their bite is also what makes the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers" guiltily absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 31, 2013
The characters are so flashy that you can cast the Hollywood adaptation in your head while you watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
AV Club
July 31, 2013
Smash & Grab is so impressed with The Panthers, whose reputation has a (largely phony) Robin Hood element, that it often tips into unjustified fawning.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 30, 2013
The film is so all over the place stylistically that it often seems like several different movies cut together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5