The Art of the Steal

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  • Summary: Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal aCrunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. [RADiUs-TWC] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 12, 2014
    75
    A thoroughly enjoyable caper that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 11, 2014
    70
    Enjoyable heist pic is more talk than action.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Mar 13, 2014
    67
    Buried underneath the movie’s many layers of pulp fluff and knucklehead comedy is a compelling take on why people are drawn to familiar, generic pleasures—self-aware caper comedies, for instance. Perhaps it’s buried too deeply for its own good.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 13, 2014
    60
    The actors give it punch, but in the grand scheme of caper comedies, The Art of the Steal is more breathlessly imitative than authentic.
  5. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mar 14, 2014
    50
    An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    The movie occasionally sputters to life thanks to the energetic contributions of various supporting players, including The Daily Show’s Jason Jones as an overly aggressive Interpol agent, and a little-known actor named Dax Ravina as a thug with an impressive knowledge of Georges Seurat.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 11, 2014
    40
    The film is made up of plundered parts from the "Oceans" series and "The Usual Suspects," and—like several of the forged tomes that figure in the plot — it’s a pale imitation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 17, 2014
    7
    The Art of the Steal is pretty good movie. It's form is much like Ocean's Eleven, which is actually ok for me. There also were moments, whichThe Art of the Steal is pretty good movie. It's form is much like Ocean's Eleven, which is actually ok for me. There also were moments, which made me laugh, but movie is not action-constant. In other words, its boring for 45 minutes and fun for 45 minutes. If the movie was so nice as ending, i'd go 9 but now 7. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    The first five minutes is a bit uneven, but the good news is...this is a very good movie with great dialogue.

    The banter between Jason
    The first five minutes is a bit uneven, but the good news is...this is a very good movie with great dialogue.

    The banter between Jason jones and Terrance Stamp is priceless. Sure, it is a heist movie, but a decent one with a nice finish. The cast is Stellar. I hope Weinstein gives the writer/director another chance.

    While not polished, this rough gem is worth a viewing for any Terrance Stamp fan.
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  3. Mar 26, 2014
    5
    I knew it. The Art of Steal is smart as hell but filled with dumb dialogue and screenplay. Story is average- nothing more than stealing a bookI knew it. The Art of Steal is smart as hell but filled with dumb dialogue and screenplay. Story is average- nothing more than stealing a book with Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon (who's heist flick TAKERS was atrocious). This movie also stars Jay Baruschel, which in my opinion is the funniest in the movie itself. The Art of Steal is an average, lukewarm film that's a full on 5/10 by any means. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2014
    4
    A good heist flick requires 1 of 4 things: clever plotting, snappy dialogue, unusual settings or cool characters. This by-the-numbers versionA good heist flick requires 1 of 4 things: clever plotting, snappy dialogue, unusual settings or cool characters. This by-the-numbers version has zero. Kurt Russell and his estranged brother (Matt Dillon) team up for one final, big art scam with the inevitable, obvious twists. While it moves along steadily and the actors do OK, nothing about the writing or direction is a standout. The quick outtakes in the credits are funnier than anything in the movie. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2015
    4
    2/5★ An obvious imitation of other, better heist films, the film does have a strong cast but its wasted on this B-level forgettable film.2/5★ An obvious imitation of other, better heist films, the film does have a strong cast but its wasted on this B-level forgettable film.
    Verdict: Timewaster.
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