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The Robber Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
The strange relationship between compulsive personalities and physical fitness is at the heart of [this] engrossing and complex yet economically straightforward character-driven thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Hannah McGill
The List
March 18, 2014
For those who prefer a bit of existential vagueness to being led by the nose, this is a thought-provoking as well as a technically impressive piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
March 17, 2014
A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
March 16, 2014
A detached and precise piece of heist filmmaking - more coldness than Heat - but watchable for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
Bleak and yet exciting, a fascinating character study built around a pretty unpleasant "hero." If Hollywood could find a star willing to get in spectacular cardio-vascular shape, a lean-mean running machine, I could certainly see a remake...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 10, 2011
Even if you think you don't like foreign-language films, I bet you'll like this one.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2011
The film boasts several turbocharged chase-and-escape sequences, alongside understated character analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
June 3, 2011
Johann operates with rules of the onscreen gangster ... [Yet he] is a noir protagonist, trapped and doomed by his past.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2011
The Robber is powerful stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 13, 2011
Armed with a screenplay adapted from a Martin Prinz novel based on a true story, writer-director Benjamin Heisenberg has crafted something as serious, quietly determined, and surprisingly compelling as his criminal protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
May 12, 2011
With his taut rhythms, poetic imagery, and assaultive action, Heisenberg transforms the thrills of the genre into an existential fable worthy of Camus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 11, 2011
... the remarkable story of an amazing enigma of a man who gives you no reason to be sympatric toward him but you do, in the end, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 11, 2011
This may be the first art house film that's literally fashioned as a 'roller coaster ride.'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 5, 2011
This story of real-life Austrian criminal Johann Kastenberger is both tranquil and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
A film as lean and taut as its marathon-winning title character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 29, 2011
Benjamin Heisenberg's thriller ends with a chase across highways and through woods that will give viewers adrenaline highs of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
April 28, 2011
The rare mash-up of genre material - in this case kinetic, on-the-run caper - and art-house sensibility that's actually enjoyable, up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
A cold but oddly fascinating piece of work, it contains some of the best chase sequences in recent memory.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 27, 2011
Some viewers might give the movie a few extra points for its retro vibe of taciturn badassedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 26, 2011
The action is breathlessly dazzling. Though re-setting the real life story in the generic present likely robbed this pungent tale of its original meaty context. Unlike say, Katheryn Bigelow's 1991 more subversive surfer to stickup spin, Point Break.
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