PROFANITY: 37 F-words, 2 S-words Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some shots of topless women. Not sexual. VIOLENCE: Only a few scenes, not graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One man shoots drugs and smokes dope. ACTION: Very little action. Very mild. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny comments.
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James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Above Average "The Good Thief probably has a greater capacity
to disappoint than to pleasantly surprise, and it is a decidedly mixed bag.
Those who enjoy the usual rhythms of a well-plotted caper movie will be
depressed by this movie's inability to tie everything together. On the other
hand, lovers of drama featuring quirky characters will find things to
appreciate. ... it's certainly watchable.''
Review Very Good "The plot I will not breathe a word about, since it is so
elegantly ironic in the way Bob outflanks the cops, his partners, the casino,
and ourselves. It leads up to a deeply satisfying conclusion, but along the way
what we enjoy is the portrait of this man who is engaged in some kind of
lifelong showdown between his goodness and his weakness.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "Propelled by a soundtrack as diverse as its
international gallery of thieves, Jordan's cheerfully scruffy neo-noir caprice
even lays on the religious imagery with a palette knife and sweetens Melville's
ending without seeming terminally sappy.''
Review Very Good "There’s a zest and brilliance in
Neil Jordan’s racy heist thriller The Good Thief that makes it almost
intoxicating to watch, even when Jordan seems to be overplaying his hand and
recklessly upping the ante."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
It appears most moviegoers felt the same as I did about The Good Thief, its decent but certainly not great. There were very few opinions of "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and they are critical to a highly enjoyed movie. When you have this many opinions of "Good" and lower it's certainly not good. When there are a decent number of "Very Good" opinions, like there are from the males, it shows that some did find it to be a slightly above average movie.
However, chances aren't too good that you will truly enjoy The Good Thief. On these I recommend waiting for it to hit video before taking a chance on it, or at least catch it at a matinee and save a few bucks in case your opinion falls towards the low end rather than the high end.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I thought The Good Thief was decent, but to be honest, it's really not my kind of movie. It's a little too dark for my taste. I just don't think watching a bunch of seedy, drug addicted thieves planning a robbery is especially entertaining. The robbery itself and some plot twists helped it quite a bit, but I still wouldn't have wanted to pay to see it. Now, if your taste in movies runs close to that of critics then you may enjoy it very much since several critics gave it good reviews.
Bob Montagnet, the film's hero draws his inspiration from the man he regards as the greatest thief and copycat of all...Picassso. Under the watchful eye of Roger (Tcheky Karyo), a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him. Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo (Said Taghmaoui) and Raoul (Grard Darmon), technical mastermind Vladimer (Emir Kusturica), former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said (Ouassini Embarkek), Anne (Nutsa Kukhianidze), a young Eastern European girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft - identical twins Albert and Bertram (Mark and Mike Polish).