Heist

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Solidly entertaining and surprisingly free of the Mamet-isms that can suck the life right out of the most tightly crafted story.
  2. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    With yet another snappy script and a fiendishly clever story, Mamet leads us through this labyrinthine film with skill and wit. It's nothing terribly original, but it is a lot of fun.
  3. You've already seen this movie, right? Just a few months ago. It was called "The Score."
  4. Even a mediocre David Mamet movie is still a David Mamet movie. That means there are lines to savor, partly because the lines are so good, partly because they are so Mamet.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    The result is a well-tooled machine chugging coldly along a twisting road to nowhere.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    While staccato dialogue and edgy confrontations have always been the wordsmith's forte, the precision-tooled mechanics of an elaborate crime caper have not, and the physical direction here could use some muscle.
  7. Charlotte Observer
    Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    50
    A typical shallow caper film. Just assume the truth is the exact opposite of what's happening.
  8. 50
    Can he do the thing? Well, yes and no. He -- Mamet, David, celebrated celebrity playwright and less-certain maker of movies -- can do some of the things, like assemble a cast sleek as a cat.
  9. Mamet is so in love with the con that he's conned himself.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. TeeK
    Jan 21, 2008
    10
    Best heist movie I have seen, though the pleasure is hidden in the details and the many twists and turns the plot takes. Heist rewards really Best heist movie I have seen, though the pleasure is hidden in the details and the many twists and turns the plot takes. Heist rewards really only those viewers who pay attention, as if Mamet made a nice movie for the casual watcher and an excellent one for the detail-obsessed. Point in case (attention -here comes a spoiler): when the gold bars get molten into boat railings, the railings are solid, not hollow. At the end, when Hackman lets his wife and her lover steal the gold from him, they entices them to take the wrong ones - hollow tubes. This detail is typical for the whole movie. Overlooking such finesse lets a viewer underestimate and underrate Heist grossly. Full Review »