|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: November 9, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Mamet takes exactly those qualities that we most prize in genre movies -- characters, cleverness and high style -- and refines them to a high shine.
An exciting caper, though sometimes a trying one, with great dollops of self-parodying dialogue that will test your loyalty to Mr. Mamet's way with words.
Not only reminds us that there's a little larceny in all of us, it reminds us how much fun it can be to commune with our inner thieves.
If it's not up to the cups-and-balls elegance of previous Mamet movies like ''The Spanish Prisoner'' and ''House of Games,'' if it piles on more psychological fake-outs than is safe in a setup this size -- well, at least it's got that talk, that language, that thing Mamet does that is at this point as identifiable as the cadences of the Bard. Read full review
Hackman works with a joyous authority that seems to come out of the experience of the character he's playing. He liberates David Mamet from David Mamet. [12 Nov 2001, p. 139]
As a movie, Heist is merely an amiable time-killer. But it presents a terrific argument for federalizing airport security.
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