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  • Summary: Inspired by the Jean-Pierre Melville classic "Bob Le Flambeur," Neil Jordan's clever, sexy caper features a complex plot full of copies and originals. (Fox Searchlight)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 100
    Nolte's gambler-bandit Bob Montagnet is a triumph of imagination, touched with electric existential poetry.
  2. 88
    Nick Nolte plays a great shambling wreck of a wounded Hemingway hero in The Good Thief, a film that's like a descent into the funkiest dive on the wrong side of the wrong town.
  3. 80
    Indeed, The Good Thief is a fairy tale, not just in the plotted fun of the heist and counterheist, or in the clever twist thrown in at the end, but in the grandiloquent myth, so passionately espoused by Melville, of the crook as a man of honor and elegance.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The actor is magnificent -- ravaged, desperate, aware -- and no more so than in a scene toward the end when Bob's cardsharp cool finally breaks. It's a risky scene, the one note of corn, but Nolte brings it home. Too bad the movie doesn't.
  5. 70
    Jordan invests attention in even the most throwaway moments and marginal characters, and his care makes the film a sustained, low-key pleasure.
  6. 63
    Lovers of drama featuring quirky characters will find things to appreciate.
  7. It's as French as a half-smoked Gauloise and, like a half-smoked Gauloise, it stinks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. PatC.
    Dec 2, 2005
    4
    Had all the elements of a great zinger, but the assemblage was muddled and flat.
  2. PaulP.
    Feb 16, 2007
    1
    Muddled plot, confusing editing, ridiculously bad, cliched dialogue, pretentious soundtrack ! A supposed homage to French New Wave ? I'm Muddled plot, confusing editing, ridiculously bad, cliched dialogue, pretentious soundtrack ! A supposed homage to French New Wave ? I'm not a film student or even a film buff but if you want to see this sort of thing done well check out the film Diva from the early eighties. Expand

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