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The Robber Reviews

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August 4, 2011
Here is a well-made movie with insufficient interest in its hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 9, 2011
The Robber's race to mediocrity ends with a dying phone call, which among other things is the death of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2011
"The Robber" is artfully done but emotionally remote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
April 29, 2011
A long slog to a poor payoff.
May 20, 2011
"The Robber" is one of the most abstemious thrillers in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 20, 2014
Something of an endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 27, 2017
This overall orchestration of The Robber as a kind of cinematic device for marking contrastive states of existence is, crucially, mirrored in Rettenberger's own formalistic attitude towards his own existence.
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
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+
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
April 28, 2011
A cold but oddly fascinating piece of work, it contains some of the best chase sequences in recent memory.
March 17, 2014
A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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.
March 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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+
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