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Total Crap: 2.17%

6 reviews, 10 user ratings

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Good Thief, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Trading substance for trends."
3 stars

Despite the attempt by Neil Jordan — in terms of the selection of material for the movie itself (Melville’s Bob le Flambeur), as well as those chosen to populate the action — it is still severely strained from attaining any sort of cosmopolitan label.

Essentially a bare-bones heist movie, where the anti-hero thief is suspected long before the plot has been hatched, but comes up with an even better, not to mention more extravagant, boost that the police will not be on the look-out for. (Rather than rob the new high-tech casino in Monte Carlo, rob their security house a block away where the authentic versions of paintings they boast in their resort are really stored.) Aside from effacing the other languages that constitute the in-the-streets grittiness and griminess of the rogue’s gallery in preference of English, one of the more agreeable traits of The Good Thief is the playful cast: Nick Nolte, Nutsa Kukhianidze (a real find!), Tchéky Karyo, Michael and Mark Polish, Ouassini Embarek, Marc Levoine, Emir Kusturica, etc. On the side of the detractions are Jordan’s pushes for the trendy and showy — the easy on the ears, but overly taut and buttery dialogue, the freeze-framing editing gimmicks, the desaturation of color and omnipresence of smoke. And as energy is coming out of the rest of the movie for this, it allows much sooner than necessary that the pieces of the plot are cracking and falling apart under the pressure of the unsupported build up.

[See it if you must.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

1/27/09 Shaun Wallner Very Entertaining! 4 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands Actually, it's one of the greatest heist movies and film noir ever made, I think. 5 stars
6/06/04 The More You Know Scrapes some new ideas, however convenient, from the bottom of the caper jar. 4 stars
6/03/04 Agent Sands Really cool. The ending is actually great if U follow. Good comeback 4 Nolte & Jordan. 4 stars
4/26/04 Denise Duspiva Did anyone else wonder why they all liked that girl? 4 stars
7/26/03 John Bale A new gravelly Nolte excells in Neil Jordans classy heist. Good return for both. 4 stars
5/28/03 Chris I't really sucked. MWAHAHAHAHA 1 stars
5/05/03 poetchuck Great movie 5 stars
4/16/03 Andrew Carden Nick Nolte Makes One Hell Of A Comeback In This Movie. 5 stars
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  02-Apr-2003 (R)
  DVD: 01-Feb-2005



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