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This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist: Season 1 (2021)
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Although the series didn't need to be strung out over four episodes (three would have sufficed just dandy), the re-enactments and red herrings tossed in get us so invested in the mystery that you won't care.
The problem here is that not only is Colin Barnicle's series formally stale but it never quite figures out what story to tell.
This series, about the 1990 robbery of half a billion dollars worth of art from a Boston museum, has a slightly muted palette in comparison, but sits comfortably in the same gallery.
"Stale" shouldn't be a word used to describe the retelling of the world's largest art heist, but [in] the series' lowest points, it undeniably is. However, there are enough narrative highs to make it worth watching.
It's a cracking story but not exactly an untold one, especially in America, and last year's BBC Four The Billion Dollar Art Hunt was equally valuable. And an hour long.
This Is a Robbery is perhaps its most fascinating when it explores the potential motive for the heist.
There is NOTHING innovative or interesting about this in a documentary sense. I'm not sure the 10 million reward could save this trite series.
As is usual, the producers have taken a story that any competent film-maker could have wrapped up in a satisfying hour or so, and strung it out over four-hour long episodes. And yet, the show might still hold your attention.
Although This Is A Robbery is a true crime docuseries, it has a different feel than the murder-related ones Netflix produces.
There's little new to add to the story. Even so, it loses nothing in the retelling, and the accumulating weight of time passing gives the story renewed force.
Audience Reviews for This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist: Season 1
3d agothe isabella gardner museum is one of my top 5 museums in the world. i go everytime i am in boston. the doc was good and i learned a lot, but they didnt solve the mystery (not my reason for 4 starts) and in the end i was let down by the investigative details.
May 22, 20214 hours of investment with no satisfaction of an ending. Very disappointed. Drawn our way too long.
May 09, 2021It's hard to get used to documentaries that take a whole season to watch, but , I enjoyed this. It seems that the most successful thieves are the ones who are brazen . These people were certainly brazen .
Apr 22, 2021Wow. We never knew about the Gardner museum, or this heist -- until now. We watched the preview, got hooked, and ended up binging the entire series. Wonderfully done, and takes you through the entire robbery, the suspects, and the years since it happened. When it is over you will want to visit this museum, and more importantly you'll want to help find those paintings!
Apr 17, 2021If you have ever seen The Town or Black Mass you will become familiar with the "players" within this true crime documentary. Some rather annoying witnesses within the story made it a hard watch at times. One thing that I object to with the producers ; why was footage of the Milltown Cemetary attack ( 1988 ) included in the story? It was carried out by the UDA at a catholic funeral and had no context ?
Apr 17, 2021The name Barnicle is discrediting enough! This three episodes too long piece is without anything new!! A story based on the pomposity, arrogance and incompetence of a self indulged board of directors providing this institution with the security of a candy store is hilarious. Wealthy, MERITLESS, meaningless board members voting for themselves by virtue of their being in the "right womb, at the right time" is non stop laughs. DO NOT, I REPEAT I HOPE YOU DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME...LOL AS I DID
Apr 15, 2021Snooze fest. Disjointed presentation. And no resolution! Read Wikipedia and save yourself four hours.
Apr 13, 2021Extremely slow for some facts that can be quicker checked On google. Not worth the time.
Apr 11, 2021Somewhat interesting, but at times unfocused, look at a case I knew nothing about. The nature of this case encourages the old tried and true tradition of "throwing stuff against a wall to see what sticks", and the doc heads down a few of these seemingly far fetched rabbit holes. I'd have probably rated this higher years ago but the true crime doc field has become so saturated that it is much harder to stand out. 5.5/10