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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An unusually thoughtful documentary about one of the modern era's most audacious art thefts.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 2, 2006
An entertaining, scattershot affair that promises more than it can deliver.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
November 2, 2006
Stolen is ultimately too lightweight and indecisive -- ironic, for a film ostensibly about people in thrall to an all-consuming passion.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 2, 2006
Even though there's no neat resolution, the entire ride is a pleasure.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 30, 2006
Captures a great yearning among many different people across time, all affected by Gardner and her legacy, especially those parts now missing.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
June 30, 2006
A captivating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 30, 2006
That it never quite reaches an 'Aha!' moment is the movie's chief flaw, as we have been set up to expect answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 29, 2006
... a meandering survey of dead ends and colorful theories, interspersed with a dry history lesson that serves as little more than tasteful padding.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 22, 2006
In the end, we're treated to an overture of possibilities rather than a satisfying film.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 12, 2006
A spooky new documentary that you'll see for its central mystery (who stole those paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 16 years ago?), but you'll stay for the ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 8, 2006
Whatever the outcome of all this hugger-mugger, as yet unresolved, Stolen gives us hints about a special sort of muscle.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 6, 2006
What [Dreyfus] loses in modern day intrigue, she makes up for with history, art lessons and a detective straight out of Agatha Christie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 6, 2006
The meat of the film is [Dreyfus'] dauntless gumshoe, who plays his role to such eccentric perfection, he would have to have been invented had he not existed prior to that fateful March morning.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 4, 2006
In the end, the question remains: who the heck did the theft and where are the paintings now?
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2006
[The film] spearheaded a new investigation that turned up an astonishing array of fiction-ready characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
April 21, 2006
Rebecca Dreyfus's middling documentary recounts the efforts to retrieve masterpieces stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 21, 2006
Since the case remains unsolved, the film lacks a true ending, but it finds some wonderful personalities along the way.
| Original Score: 3/4
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