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The Robber Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a well-made movie with insufficient interest in its hero.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 4, 2011
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine

The Robber's race to mediocrity ends with a dying phone call, which among other things is the death of inspiration.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Robber" is artfully done but emotionally remote.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club

To make a protagonist this blank engaging, a filmmaker needs the artistry of Jean-Pierre Melville, or the kineticism of William Friedkin. The Robber's writer-director, Benjamin Heisenberg, has neither.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 28, 2011
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

A long slog to a poor payoff.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 29, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"The Robber" is one of the most abstemious thrillers in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 20, 2011
Leslie Felperin
Guardian [UK]

Something of an endurance test.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

March 20, 2014
Hannah McGill
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2014
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A cold but oddly fascinating piece of work, it contains some of the best chase sequences in recent memory.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2014
Mike Hale
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even if you think you don't like foreign-language films, I bet you'll like this one.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 10, 2011
Matthew Sorrento
Film International

Johann operates with rules of the onscreen gangster ... [Yet he] is a noir protagonist, trapped and doomed by his past.

Full Review Source: Film International | Original Score: 9/10

June 3, 2011
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 26, 2011
Kent Turner

The tense and terse film is almost a purely physical experience.... With its long, hand-held tracking shots, you wonder, what did we do before the Steadicam?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

March 13, 2011
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This may be the first art house film that's literally fashioned as a 'roller coaster ride.'

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 11, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

... 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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 11, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Robber is powerful stuff.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A nimble, dynamic character study of a fiercely guarded loner on the run.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2011
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