The Art of the Steal Reviews

June 19, 2014
An entertaining lark.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many.
March 13, 2014
It's as if Sobol walked a tight-rope over the falls, got distracted by the view and then crawled back to safety.
March 13, 2014
The actors give it punch, but in the grand scheme of caper comedies, "The Art of the Steal" is more breathlessly imitative than authentic.
March 13, 2014
Despite its all-too-familiar surface gloss, The Art Of The Steal has something more sophisticated going on inside.
March 12, 2014
Sobol encourages his excellent cast, which includes the iconic Terence Stamp as a federal informant and Jay Baruchel as the gang's weakest link, to steal scenes left and right.
March 12, 2014
The film is made up of plundered parts from the Oceans series and The Usual Suspects, and-like several of the forged tomes that figure in the plot-it's a pale imitation.
March 11, 2014
The Art of the Steal doesn't advance the nerdy intertextuality that has distinguished ironic crime films since Guy Ritchie, but writer-director Jonathan Sobol knows the ropes.
February 21, 2014
The end result satisfies both our vicarious greed and the desire some viewers will have to see a priceless work of art wind up in the hands of someone who couldn't care less about its price.
September 20, 2013
As is often the case in these caper flicks, there's too much plot for insufficient dramatic effect, and alert viewers will suss out where it's all heading in the first five minutes.
September 19, 2013
Feels like a series of vignettes featuring smart quipping stars randomly strung together.