The Thief Lord (2006)




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Movie Info

Set in Venice, two young brothers on the run fall under the care and protection of a mysterious "Thief Lord." Stealing the missing component of a magical carousel capable of restoring youth, they discover a thrilling and unforgettable world of wonder and enchantment.
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Rollo Weeks
as Scipio
Jim Carter
as Victor
Alice Connor
as Hornet
George MacKay
as Riccio
Alexei Sayle
as Barbarossa
Robert Bathurst
as Dottore Massimo
Poppy Rogers
as Morosina
Bob Goody
as Max Hartlieb
Carole Boyd
as Esther Hartlieb
Anita Wright
as Contessa
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Critic Reviews for The Thief Lord

All Critics (5)

The kind of entertainingly gonzo storyline that completely disarms us, simply because anything could happen.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

...too simplistic, too episodic, and too disjointed for this adult to enjoy, will probably like its intrigue and most of its generally sweet nature.

Full Review… | March 30, 2006
Movie Metropolis

The Thief Lord is a magical little story, lovingly and expertly crafted. What an absolute delight.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Thief Lord

Aimed at a younger audience, instead of finding this whimsical and heart-warming, I found it to be slow-paced, shallow and boring. The adults are made out as buffoons, the kids are not cuddly or even likable, and the story is a misch masch of confusing elements in an overly simplistic wrapper. I can't see kids liking this much either. I understand the books are quite good though.

Don Schick
Don Schick

It simply doesn't carry the same enchantment the original novel did, and there is more spontaneity in the order of scenes as the whole film feels random. There are attempts to develop some of the minor characters, but all fall short of convincing. Although the end is happy and everyone gets what they deserve, the buildup was poor.

Maruf Hossain
Maruf Hossain

This adventure film set in the beautiful city of Venice aims primarily at a young audience. That does not mean there is nothing for adults here, but they may have a harder time connecting to the story, what with very few believable grown-up characters in the story and a rather disjointed way of telling it. The plot gets surprisingly complex for a kids adventure, but the dialog remains rather shallow and simplistic. The soundtrack often makes things sound more exciting and bombastic than they actually are. The movie's biggest asset is the setting, which is primarily real Venice and oozes the atmosphere of the city (even if obviously filmed in winter). The characters do remain rather flat. Now, kids certainly don't mind all that, there is plenty of stuff happening and glimpses of magic between the adventure plot. So the target audience should have fun with it, as an adult there have been more coherent films to watch with children than this.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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