Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 63
    The remake has a superior caper but less chemistry.
  2. 50
    This new interpretation does few things better than the original, and many things worse.
  3. A romp of romantic larceny built out of spare parts we've seen in countless other films.
  4. 60
    It's enjoyable poppycock.
  5. A moderately diverting entertainment as sleek and aerodynamically sound as the glider its characters tool around in, it takes no extraordinary chances and delivers no major surprises.
  6. 40
    Why remake Norman Jewison's staunchly cool 1968 heist film in such a lackadaisical, uninspired manner?
  7. A full-throttle fantasy, about as heady a movie experience as it gets.
  8. It's a piece of disposable fluff -- though that's exactly what's so appealing about it.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The characters in The Thomas Crown Affair are cool -- too cool, in fact, for the film to develop much of a pulse.
  10. Too expensive for its own good, too chic for comfort.
  11. Non-cultists should enjoy this engaging and well-acted retread -- a film that develops its own charm as it goes along.
  12. This is a movie that understands the larger-than-life appeal of the old-fashioned movie star and one of the movies' most primal appeals: beautiful people doing amusing things while talking about it cleverly.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    The world didn't need a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. We didn't need it, but we got it anyway -- and it's pretty terrific.
  14. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Slick, gaudily suave guilty pleasure of a movie.
  15. A sealskin-slick, cat-and-mouse romance-caper trifle with a hard-on for wealth that feels downright Trumpian.
  16. 80
    The movie is expert piffle for grownups, directed with great energy by John McTiernan and written with verve by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer.
  17. Hard to believe that real emotion was involved anywhere in this story.
  18. 90
    It's a deluxe vacation for adults with all frills included: glamorous settings, glamorous clothes, glamorous sex.
  19. McTiernan's film mines what substance it has from its two stars, but is admittedly about keeping up its own appearances.
  20. 60
    An improvement on the original, but that isn't saying much.
  21. What The Thomas Crown Affair has to sell audiences is a fantasy of the life of the super-rich who jet off to Martinique on the spur of the moment, and the super-smart who operate outside the rules.
  22. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Strangely enough, this movie provides a lot of the James Bond veneer that has been missing from recent James Bond movies.
  23. Reviewed by: Bob McCabe
    80
    As absorbed as he is with his characters, McTiernan is still able to provide a couple of dazzling set pieces - the sustained opening heist (involving a pun-intended Trojan horse) is a doozy, while the Magritte-inspired, music-fuelled denouement is, well, inspired.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    Pierce Brosnan and René Russo in absolute top form! A heist-movie that is one of the great paragons for the also brilliant Ocean's-movies. And, of course, one that doesn't have to hide behind them. Awesome!!! Full Review »