Holy Crap! A Clooney movie that doesn't suck!Hard to believe, but true.
This is a role of a lifetime for George Clooney. Not because the role was made for him or vice versa, or because he's the only guy who could do it, but because it's a leap forward in both his acting and choice of projects. He's not forced to ham it up as a superhero, he's not fighting off vampires, and he's not chasing down nuclear weapons.
He's Jack Foley, career criminal. And man, he's charming. Any crook who can get a cop to want him has got skills. And Clooney does just that. Clooney and Jennifer Lopez absolutely smolder onscreen. They've got chemistry and sexual tension to spare. You just can't wait for them to hook up.
It's also a big step for Clooney because director Steven Soderbergh has finally gotten Clooney to stop it with the head down, eyes up style of acting he's been using. It may be fine on ER, Dr. Ross, but you're not playing Dr. Ross in every movie. That's why it's called acting.
As for Lopez, she's hot. She's not necessarily that great of an actress, although this is her best work to date. But she's got sex appeal. The chemistry between the two of them is incredible. It's what Clooney has needed to put his career back on track, and what Lopez has needed to continue to advance hers.
Solidly directed by Soderbergh, with strong performances for the two principals as well as nice supporting turns from Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle and Steve Zahn.One of the best of the summer of '98.