Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
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  1. [Soderbergh] plays with time and narrative to reveal character, mood and longing in ways you just don't find in a mainstream crime picture.
  2. 88
    The first film to build on the enormously influential "Pulp Fiction" instead of simply mimicking it. It has the games with time, the low-life dialogue, the absurd violent situations, but it also has its own texture.
  3. 88
    Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
  4. Undoubtedly, [the lead actors] both benefit hugely from the sharpness of Leonard's stock-in-trade dialogue: Put smart words in any actor's yap, and their performance will rise accordingly.
  5. Lopez, for all her Latina-siren voluptuousness, has always projected a contained coolness, and this is the first movie in which it fully works for her.
  6. 100
    This isn't a profound film, or even an important one, but then it isn't trying to be. It's so diverting and so full of small satisfying pleasures, you don't realize how good it is until it's over.
  7. 100
    Engaging and consummately entertaining.
  8. The film's sleek moodiness and visual sophistication are so effective that there's even a scene here that makes Detroit look like the most romantic city in the world.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    Lucky for us there are no ordinary circumstances in this smart, tasty adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel and it gets quirkier, funnier and sexier as it goes.
  10. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    100
    Reveals Soderbergh in peak form, as he endows Leonard’s postmodern yarn with a meticulously detailed mise en scene that helps each member of his terrific ensemble soar.
  11. 100
    In some ways Soderbergh does a much better job than Tarantino. He handles the time shifts more adroitly, always keeping us on track; he goes easy on the violence, and when he does unleash it, it's short, fast and ugly.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Sgragow
    100
    The audience responds to Out of Sight the way Jack and Karen do to each other. Instantly we like the way it looks, moves, and sounds. Ultimately we like how it makes us feel.
  13. 90
    Works both as a great romance and a great, unconventional crime thriller. But step back from such distinctions, and it just looks like a great movie.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Soderbergh contrives the perfect voice for Leonard's prose--laid-back and grooving when it needs to be, but also taut, with the eerie foreboding of violence about to erupt.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    What makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made Get Shorty go so nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations as if they were the most natural things in the world.
  16. Jack is just one of a dozen enormously appealing personalities in Out of Sight.
  17. It's a nice mix, an elegantly smoky and dangerous cocktail -- just like the old noirs, but in a more modern, shinier glass. And since the basic brew is Elmore Leonard's, it tickles as it goes down. [26 June 1998]
  18. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    88
    When boy meets girl in Steven Soderbergh's jaunty, sexy Out of Sight, it happens with a bang.
  19. One other element helps Out of Sight tremendously: the editing. [3 Aug 1998]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Nov 27, 2014
    8
    Great direction from Steven Soderbergh, the movie that showed us that Mr.Clooney was more than that handsome guy from "ER" or that guy in theGreat direction from Steven Soderbergh, the movie that showed us that Mr.Clooney was more than that handsome guy from "ER" or that guy in the horrible Batman movie. Clooney had that Cary Grant swagger and charm in this great role. Jennifer Lopez and the very good supporting cast give good performances as well Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2014
    8
    At the end of the day, Out of Sight is a common heist film, but its nonlinear storytelling, great performances, and good direction, elevate itAt the end of the day, Out of Sight is a common heist film, but its nonlinear storytelling, great performances, and good direction, elevate it above the genre it is a part of. From the very beginning, it has you hooked and does not let go until the end. George Clooney is great in the lead role as expected. Jennifer Lopez, who I had never seen act before, also does a good job at doing what she does best; being sexy. Her acting is also good. Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle also have very good supporting turns here. I am not a huge fan of Steven Soderbergh usually, but he does very well here in the director's chair and manages to craft a very entertaining romantic crime film and make the romance feel authentic and the crime element thrilling and exciting. In addition, the comedy element was good. It was not gut busting laugh after gut busting laugh, but it was used sparingly and effectively to lighten up the mood. Overall, Out of Sight is a good, entertaining film that feels like more than your regular old heist film. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    6
    Out of Sight is a decent crime love story. The main attraction here is the sizzling chemistry between Clooney and Lopez. However, the filmOut of Sight is a decent crime love story. The main attraction here is the sizzling chemistry between Clooney and Lopez. However, the film does have some inefficient elements, such as the useless cameo from Micheal Keaton. Overall, Out of Sight is good stuff. Full Review »