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Stolen Reviews

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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 21, 2006
It's like racing through a detective novel, only to find the last page has been torn out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 18, 2006
A haunting and expansive documentary about the search for the precious paintings stolen in 1990 from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 18, 2006
The doc prioritizes flash over facts, leaving you pining for the New Yorker exposť it could've been.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2005
Stolen provides a treasure trove of outrageous characters, rampant speculation, personal obsessions and a glimpse into the rarefied world of art collecting.
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John Anderson
Variety
July 7, 2005
A docu that should appeal not just to the legion of Vermeer fans, but to lovers of good mystery.