The Art of the Steal Reviews

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August 29, 2019
Certainly has entertaining moments but does not meet demanding expectations.
November 18, 2017
By all means this is a B-movie, topped up with cheap has-beens...
January 19, 2017
An extremely run-of-the-mill comedic caper...
June 20, 2014
With one contrived plot twist too many the final act descends into a fug of farce stealing the film's early promise.
June 20, 2014
Occasionally charming, yet completely unoriginal, this is dumb fun, no more, no less.
June 19, 2014
An appealing cast almost make the difference to this film, a sloppy half-hearted caper that never seems to break sweat.
June 19, 2014
Unsuccessfully marries the slick-suited jargoning of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy with the gloves-off double-dealing of Guy Ritchie's early oeuvre.
June 19, 2014
Sobol ... borrows widely and unfashionably from the Guy Ritchie stylebook: he's either missed the trend by ten years or pre-empted the revival by 20.
June 18, 2014
Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried.
June 16, 2014
In the end, alas, it's the viewer who will leave feeling conned.
March 25, 2014
There's only a moderate level of humor and suspense in this formulaic caper comedy that seems to borrow from a few genre predecessors.
March 24, 2014
There's more steal than art in 'The Art of the Steal,' a second-tier caper comedy-drama that pilfers its inspiration from such superior stories of crime and misdirection as 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Reservoir Dogs'...
March 19, 2014
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.
March 14, 2014
There's an additional twist to the scheme, but it's fairly transparent to anyone who's seen more than a couple of con-man pictures. Indeed, the plot is so perfunctory and shrug-worthy that it seems to function primarily as an excuse to let the cast riff.
March 14, 2014
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.
March 13, 2014
A lethargic caper comedy about two feuding brothers who get together for one last heist.
March 13, 2014
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.
March 13, 2014
Sobol feels the need to over-explain when the film would be better served by riding its good humor to an end that wasn't so concerned with clever payoff.
March 13, 2014
The whole affair is so slickly mechanical, devoid of any real thrill or authentic human feeling, that it begs the question: Don't even genre movies need some kind of a soul, too?
March 13, 2014
Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many.
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