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Stolen (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A real-life whodunit with colorful characters, especially art detective Harold Smith, this documentary is a fascinating peek into the world of art collecting.

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The most elaborate and successful art heist in modern history is detailed in filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus' cinematic account of the daring raid on Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum staged in the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day, 1990. By the time the ruse of the well-organized and cleverly disguised thieves was discovered, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum had been stripped of 13 priceless works including Vermeer's "The Gardener" -- one of only 35 works by the master known to currently exist. As respected art detective Harold Smith attempts to uncover the labyrinthine mystery surrounding the bold burglary while dealing with the frightening effects of his lifelong battle with skin cancer, the obsessive efforts of the cunning gumshoe are interwoven with interviews in which contemporary authors ponder the power of Vermeer's impressive body of work. Additional details concerning art collector Isabella Stewart's turn-of-the-century correspondence with personal advisor Bernard Berenson are voiced by actress Blythe Danner and Campbell Scott, respectively, and serve to give a more personal perspective to the investigation while simultaneously putting into context the true value and ultimate fragility of these plundered treasures.

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Blythe Danner
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Critic Reviews for Stolen

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18)

The film is a bit rough around the edges, but it found an unforgettable character in a dogged 75-year-old art robbery sleuth named Harold Smith.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Stolen is ultimately too lightweight and indecisive -- ironic, for a film ostensibly about people in thrall to an all-consuming passion.

November 2, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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In telling the story of an unsolved crime, they use every trick available to awaken and prolong suspense before a payoff that never comes.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Composer Peter Golub adds swooning suspense, while cinematographer Albert Maysles, who has documented many Christo projects, frames rendezvous with tipsters tempted by the $5 million reward.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Captures a great yearning among many different people across time, all affected by Gardner and her legacy, especially those parts now missing.

June 30, 2006
Seattle Times
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A captivating documentary.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Stolen

½

This doc is not conclusive which is a little frustrating. It is interesting for some perfunctory art world drama and weirdos.

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