Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. 90
    Mamet -- crafts tangy, well-seasoned dialogue that a good cast can feast on. And this cast is prime.
  2. The thinking person's caper flick, with its endlessly clever plotting revealing character under the utmost pressure.
  3. Heist is a pleasure to watch, and the greatest pleasure is to watch Mr. Lindo and Mr. Hackman steal it.
  4. Mamet loves two things: scams and dialogue. This movie is rich with both.
  5. Mamet doesn't just give us an enthralling heist flick, he makes the language something to savor. You're biting your nails with your ears peeled.
  6. 88
    The kind of caper movie that was made before special effects replaced wit, construction and intelligence. This movie is made out of fresh ingredients, not cake mix. Despite the twists of its plot, it is about its characters.
  7. Mamet takes exactly those qualities that we most prize in genre movies -- characters, cleverness and high style -- and refines them to a high shine.

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