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  • Summary: In their own words and with unprecedented access, the most successful jewel thieves of all time take you into their world: the post-Milosovic Balkans, the modern diamond trade and a 21st Century crime gang. But as the thieves brazenly commit their crimes across the world - Europe, Asia andIn their own words and with unprecedented access, the most successful jewel thieves of all time take you into their world: the post-Milosovic Balkans, the modern diamond trade and a 21st Century crime gang. But as the thieves brazenly commit their crimes across the world - Europe, Asia and UEA - Interpol and global police forces are tightening their grip. As many of the criminals responsible are caught and extradited, the film asks: Is this the end of the Pink Panthers? Expand
  • Director: Havana Marking
  • Genre(s): History, Thriller, Crime, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 89 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    The casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 21, 2013
    80
    The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    The movie's most exciting when the precision and jaw-dropping nerve of the gang holds center stage.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jul 30, 2013
    70
    Smash and Grab has a grating, repetitive score and can look a little homely on the big screen. But unlike many true-crime accounts, it cherry-picks its material successfully and preserves the conspiratorial sense that we’re learning the ins and outs of an illicit art.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 31, 2013
    70
    You can’t make this stuff up. But Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers would be fascinating even if it wasn’t so timely.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 22, 2013
    63
    It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    Coupled with a failure to comprehensively detail tactical patterns or the processes of transporting or fencing stolen goods, Smash & Grab’s inability to truly get underneath the surface of its subjects renders it merely a compelling true-life tale in need of better telling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    5
    Marking fumbled with an excellent topic and focused too much on the background of players in the game rather than the actual interestingMarking fumbled with an excellent topic and focused too much on the background of players in the game rather than the actual interesting thieves and robbers stuff we pay to see. The marketing team lured me in well, and the first and last 20 minutes delivers with the fantastical insight into the processes of the Pink Panthers...it's all of that filler in between that becomes tiresome quickly. The general history of Serbia and the regional struggle could have been compressed into 15 minutes and still had a great impact.

    Overall, I expected many more heists (the movie shows 4 I believe) and a lot more detail into the law enforcement explanation of why they do what they do (they always hold the door open during heists, why is this?) and the measures the Pink Panthers take to prevent capture (disguises, etc.). Vaguely entertaining.
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