The Art of the Steal

2014

The Art of the Steal

Critics Consensus

It boasts a terrific cast led by the always-watchable Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, but The Art of the Steal wastes its stars on a formulaic plot that borrows too obviously from superior heist pictures.

45%

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Total Count: 49

39%

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User Ratings: 5,872
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Movie Info

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. (c) Radius-TWC

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Cast

Kurt Russell
as Crunch Calhoun
Jay Baruchel
as Francie Tobin
Matt Dillon
as Nicky Calhoun
Terence Stamp
as Samuel Winter
Chris Diamantopoulos
as Guy de Cornet
Kenneth Welsh
as Uncle Paddy McCarthy
Jason Jones
as Interpol Agent Bick
Elle Downs
as Female Border Guard
Durward Allan
as Julius Friedman
Rob deLeeuw
as Van Der Beer
Christopher Dyson
as Ranking Officer
Jasmin Geljo
as Detective Brodowski
Vieslav Krystyan
as Detective Kumik
Maria Lerinman
as Belly Dancer
Eugene Lipinski
as Bartkowiak
Scott McCrickard
as Beefy Guy #1
Stephen McHattie
as Dirty Ernie
A.C. Peterson
as Reverend Herman Headly
Joe Pingue
as Carmen
K. Trevor Wilson
as Beefy Guy #2
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Audience Reviews for The Art of the Steal

  • Jun 03, 2015
    Typical confidence caper pulled off by capable hands all around making for a good afternoon at the movies. Think Thomas Crown Affair. Fun stuff.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2014
    Briskly paced, consistently funny, and just clever enough, The Art of the Steal is a film that tries very hard to emulate the best heist pictures. It doesn't fully succeed, but it does surpass what other similar films have tried to do, mainly by relying on its talented cast. With Art of the Steal, we find an over-the-hill motorcycle daredevil and semi-retired art thief, Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), thrust back in to the game for the heavily clichéd "last job", teaming up with his estranged brother. Like the best comedic heist films, namely Oceans, we find a unique cast of characters, all with their niches, and all with their quirky flaws. Where the film succeeds is with its tone. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it doesn't simply go through the motions either. It earnestly tries to be something different. The on-screen chemistry and banter among its cast is pretty excellent, with a solid script backing them up. The direction is energetic, and keeps the film at a very kinetic pace, in keeping with the overall feel of the film. The heist schemes themselves aren't always especially realistic, but are far more grounded than can be found in other heist films, with a solid attention to detail. Where the film got a bit misguided, however, was in the last act, trying to do too much, and getting caught up in its own supposed cleverness. Still, it boasts a great cast, consistent humor, and a plot that keeps you engaged. Solid all around. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2014
    A tremendously enjoyable and twist filled comedy caper with a great cast that you cant help but love. A hilarious, stylish and wickedly entertaining movie from start to finish. It's fresh, fun, loaded with ideas and pays great homage to classics like The Sting and Oceans Eleven. The entire cast is fantastic and give funny and sharp performances. Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon and Terence Stamp are excellent. Kenneth Welsh, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jason Jones are hilarious.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2014
    Give Jason Jones and Terence Stamp their own spin-off movie where they do the same exact thing they did here, which was arguing, bickering and insulting each other, and I'll be the happiest man alive. While I thought the film was fun overall, in spite of it not offering anything that different or unique, as far as heist films go, Jason Jones' and Terence Stamp's chemistry stole the show. Jason Jones' comedic timing is impeccable and Terence Stamp is the perfect straight man for him to play off of. Even without them you still have a pretty good, if unimpressive film, with a damn good cast and an entertaining, and breezy, story. This is very easily digestible. This isn't gonna overstay its welcome, nor is it gonna make you ponder the existence of life or any of that. Which is fine by me, these films needs to exist. This is escapist entertainment. Not necessarily at its best though. While I'm sure you could pick a thousand holes in this story, as I'm sure you can with about 99% of every film in existence, it was fun seeing how the plan came together and how it all played out in the end. I'm pretty sure you can figure out where it's heading the MOMENT Nicky asks Crunch to join him for one last job. It's pretty obvious that the film is heading in the direction that it, ultimately, ended up at. It's still satisfying to see a "dastardly" villain get his comeuppance. Another super short review, but I don't really have much to say about this film. It doesn't really warrant a long review, it is a fun movie with some funny lines but the show absolutely belongs to Jason Jones and Terence Stamp. I'd recommend this movie, even if it's only good, as if that's a bad thing, based on those two alone. Those two make this film worth it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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