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  • Summary: A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry has always avoided major-league scams. But when Martine, a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Terry recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Martine targets a roomful of safe-deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets--secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London's criminal underworld, the highest echelons of the British government, and the Royal Family itself. This is the true story of a heist gone wrong in all the right ways.
    (Lionsgate)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. One of the pleasures of The Bank Job is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair.
  2. 75
    A surprisingly tight, clever, twisty heist tale.
  3. Slick, ice-cold and enjoyable, The Bank Job is a bit of all right.
  4. 70
    The actual robbery that the picture is based on is shrouded in mystery, and the screenwriters, Dick Clement and Ian La Fresnais, have engaged in a fair amount of entertaining invention.
  5. 70
    The film dawdles at times. but for the most part Donaldson keeps just the right amount of tension present in each scene.
  6. Semi-decent, somewhat okay, not-half-bad.
  7. 50
    The movie doesn't hang together as a thriller, and the characters don't hang together as interesting people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. TerryG.
    Jul 14, 2008
    10
    Statham does more thought provoking movies than anyone out there. And if you think you can keep up with him physically, well he'll just kick your ASS there, too. Expand
  2. SamL.
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    Exciting, funny, and non stop action. The fact that it is based on true story makes it all the more intriguing. The acting was top notch.
  3. BilB.
    Apr 3, 2008
    9
    It kept me going throughout the entire flick. I liked it.
  4. JohnG.
    Apr 5, 2008
    8
    Takes time to develop, but in the end all the plot twists and turns keep you engrossed.
  5. Feb 23, 2013
    7
    The Bank Job is a good movie based on the legendary 1971 London bank heist. While I enjoyed the fast paced action this film offers, it jumps around so much and so fast, that it's pretty hard to keep up with. I found myself quite confused at many different points in the film, especially at the end, when I had to rewind 3 or 4 times. Jason Statham is far and away the top action star out there today. What's so great about him falling under the radar is that he gets to do what he wants to do, instead of getting stuck with nothing but big budget disasters with no plot. The story behind The Bank Job and what led up to it, who was really involved in, was really interesting and made for a great plot. The constant jumping from place to place made for a confusing film, that while good, wasn't nearly what it should have been. Expand
  6. RobinA.
    Mar 29, 2009
    7
    Great fun ... Statham is believable as the leader of the gang mixed up in trouble they can not imagine.
  7. LeeT.
    Oct 1, 2008
    2
    What has happened to the mind of Stephanie Zacharek? This erstwhile movie reviewer for Salon.com is almost never wrong. But she loved this movie and this movie sucks in so many ways. The problem with "The Bank Job" is that it's simply a hokie movie - hokie directing, hokie acting, and hokie soundtrack. The director is so dump he must have thought that really awful '70s-style direction and soundtrack would somehow invoke the '70s, but all it invokes is what was truly awful about the '70s. And now this movie adds to the list of things about the '70s and make people want to cringe. Expand

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