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The Art of the Steal (2014)

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Critic 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.

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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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R (for language throughout including some sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy
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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
Karyn Dwyer
as Ginger
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
Alan Peterson
as Reverend Herman Headly
Joe Pingue
as Carmen
Dax Ravina
as Sunny
K. Trevor Wilson
as Beefy Guy #2
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Critic Reviews for The Art of the Steal

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

A derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

There are a handful of actors working today whose mere presence justifies whatever film they are in. Kurt Russell is at the top of a very short list for me, and has been so for decades.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell may not make the most convincing half-brothers, but "The Art of the Steal" is a fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Director Jonathan Sobol clearly understands the first rule of a good grift: misdirection. He packs his middling caper flick with so many known faces, it's easy to miss all the other familiarities.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for The Art of the Steal

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

A light, never too serious Canadian art-heist comedy by Jonathan Sobol is only 90 minutes long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Leading actor Kurt Russell is a part of a great team starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, and with this bunch there is never fun or style lacking. Very fast pace with almost impossible plot, makes it simply lovable! The story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief will take you around the world. He agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Of course, reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book... after the successful heist, his brother suggest another far riskier plan. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes opposite direction in this con movie about honour. You will always feel the possibility of the hovering revenge but you won't be allowed to forget that somewhere there are bonds of brotherhood. If you have a spare night to watch a fun movie, choose this!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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