Heist

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 122
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  1. DarrelG.
    Jun 9, 2002
    2
    A very seriously flawed movie. Probably due to editing and directing. Properly edited and directed the script probably could have been saved. The robberies were totally unbelievable (plane scene, totally relaxed listening to the two-way radio). Hackman, is he a brilliant thief or a fool? He plays both at the same time here. What blows me away is the reviews this movie is getting from the A very seriously flawed movie. Probably due to editing and directing. Properly edited and directed the script probably could have been saved. The robberies were totally unbelievable (plane scene, totally relaxed listening to the two-way radio). Hackman, is he a brilliant thief or a fool? He plays both at the same time here. What blows me away is the reviews this movie is getting from the mainsteam reviewers. 65? Expand
  2. A.Yanny
    Dec 1, 2001
    3
    Yet another Mamet film where eveyone gets double crossed so many times you start to lose track. In the end, I don't feel outsmarted, I feel like I've been outlasted with one mechanical back-and-forth plot twist after another.
  3. LeeY.
    Apr 27, 2002
    3
    It got to the point where you knew there was gonna be a twist, and you didn't care...it had more stupid twists since Chubby Checker. And that plane heist...oh come on...totally unbelievable! Btw, Roger Ebert said it contained the funniest line he ever heard "Everyone needs money, that's why it's called money". HUHN? That and the counting sheep joke, went way over (under?) It got to the point where you knew there was gonna be a twist, and you didn't care...it had more stupid twists since Chubby Checker. And that plane heist...oh come on...totally unbelievable! Btw, Roger Ebert said it contained the funniest line he ever heard "Everyone needs money, that's why it's called money". HUHN? That and the counting sheep joke, went way over (under?) my head. I've asked 3 of my friends and THEY haven't a clue either. Must be an 'inside' joke. Another critcs' rave that fell flat (see Gosford Park). Expand
  4. HenryB.
    Apr 6, 2002
    2
    Unbearable dialogue, miscast characters (devito), and an absurd cutesy plot make this one of the worst films of the year.
  5. BangkokDave
    Jul 26, 2002
    1
    A real stinker. Utterly predictable plot filled with tired cliches & never-ending, shoot-me-in-the-head-now bitching & griping among the characters that laughingly attempts to pass itself off as gripping drama. It feels - and sounds, if you listen to the atrocious score - like a B-movie straight out of the 70's. The fact that this wasted film garnered so many favorable reviews simply A real stinker. Utterly predictable plot filled with tired cliches & never-ending, shoot-me-in-the-head-now bitching & griping among the characters that laughingly attempts to pass itself off as gripping drama. It feels - and sounds, if you listen to the atrocious score - like a B-movie straight out of the 70's. The fact that this wasted film garnered so many favorable reviews simply shows once again that most critics are idiots. Expand
  6. CaptainCraig
    Feb 20, 2005
    3
    Definately not Hackmans best work. The film would get rolling along pretty good for a while , then get stupid. So many doub-crosses you knew it was a twist movie...which is not the way to make a twist movie.
  7. RossW.
    Mar 14, 2002
    1
    This is the worst movie ever. This movie should be called a comedy because some of the lines in the movie are so bad that I was laughing my ass off.
  8. JeanpaulM.
    Mar 15, 2002
    1
    As usual David Mamet gives his actors impossibly stupid dialouge and directs them even worse. I swear to you he actually wrote this line in the movie: "He's so cool that when he goes to sleep, the sheep count him." What the hell does that mean? Mamet tries so hard to be cool that its almost a comedy. He should stick to writing plays. If you watched this movie as a drinking game, As usual David Mamet gives his actors impossibly stupid dialouge and directs them even worse. I swear to you he actually wrote this line in the movie: "He's so cool that when he goes to sleep, the sheep count him." What the hell does that mean? Mamet tries so hard to be cool that its almost a comedy. He should stick to writing plays. If you watched this movie as a drinking game, taking a shot for each time one of his actors repeats the same line or whenever someone has a heated phone conversation to further the plot, you would die from alcohol poisoning. He should also try casting a woman who isn;t his wife as well. Hey David, there s a reason why no one else hires her. Expand
  9. AndyS.
    Nov 15, 2001
    3
    Even on its own terms -- those of the clever, heartless caper flick -- this is not a very good movie. The acting is, on average, good (Hackman a little better than good, Pidgeon a little worse). The direction is fine (Mamet's getting better). But the script just isn't there (Mamet's getting worse). While it doesn't have the abyssmal lows of the very very very similar Even on its own terms -- those of the clever, heartless caper flick -- this is not a very good movie. The acting is, on average, good (Hackman a little better than good, Pidgeon a little worse). The direction is fine (Mamet's getting better). But the script just isn't there (Mamet's getting worse). While it doesn't have the abyssmal lows of the very very very similar "The Score," it lacks the energy that film derived from Edward Norton's imaginative and fun performance. Heist is also saddled with Mamet's dialogue which is as always more highly mannered than a Buckminster Palace guard on crack, and which does not amuse nearly so often as it annoys. After all, Mamet has long since successfully delivered what is apparently the central message of his oeuvre: he's not as clever as he thinks he is. Case in point: the plot thread he leaves dangling in this movie, which would have tied things up much more neatly than the totally unsatisfying gun fight at the end. (I though he was going for a "Get Shorty" kind of finish, involving the boat-buying drug dealer). If you feel like being conned out of nine bucks, there are worse ways to do it than seeing this movie, but very few that take 107 minutes. Expand
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. 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.
  2. 60
    Solidly entertaining and surprisingly free of the Mamet-isms that can suck the life right out of the most tightly crafted story.
  3. Mamet loves two things: scams and dialogue. This movie is rich with both.