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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. More entertaining than "The Spanish Prisoner" -- it also turns out to be more conventional and predictable.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Passable but never exciting, Heist is on a level with those minor Burt Lancaster action pics the actor's name helped bankroll in the '70s.
  6. You've already seen this movie, right? Just a few months ago. It was called "The Score."
  7. With a movie like this, there's no risk of spoiling the ending, because the entire plot is merely a formality trudging toward a foregone conclusion. The viewer's biggest challenge is to survive fits of yawning so violent they could disrupt ornithic migratory patterns.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. TeeK
    Jan 21, 2008
    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. Collapse

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