• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    [The pilot] works a little too hard at establishing a fun-loving, "Swingers""Swingers"-type tone, though at least that represents something of an alternative to "CSI: NY" and ABC's new procedural "The Evidence."
  2. As silly concoctions go, it's rather tasty.
  3. It's an entertaining enough diversion if you're not expecting much.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    Heist is a tiresome mess.
  5. 60
    It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  6. 63
    A comedy-laced caper requires a light, sure touch. Heist tends to plod.
  7. The writing in "Heist" is self-consciously forced, as if the writers are breaking their backs to be quick-witted and clever. It's painful to hear.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Far and away the best new pilot on NBC this season.
  9. 30
    Employing the kind of overly clever, self-consciously "witty" dialogue that unfailingly announces a lack of real ideas on the part of the writers, "Heist" is by far the least compelling of these new crime-life series.
  10. Although we are meant to regard its dishonest protagonists as the epitome of contemporary cool, they come off as self-satisfied and pretentious.
  11. The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
  12. 10
    "Heist" seems derivative of an imitation of a copy of a clone -- so plastic-coated and phony that it's hard to tell what it's ripping off.
  13. A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
  14. 40
    The flippant tone grows tiresome and clashes with harrowing bursts of violence.
  15. Fun to watch, cleverly written and filled with engaging characters.
  16. 50
    In between the sardonic wisecracks and tangled storytelling, it's easy to lose interest.
  17. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    The pilot episode of this caper series is cheaply derivative, generally condescending, and largely hollow. It is also swank and busy enough to create the occasional illusion that it is entertaining.
  18. All the clever, sexy banter in this thing cannot cover up its utter lack of believability, from the casting to the excessively hip repartee.
  19. It may be that in the long run, "Heist" proves to be something you can admire simply for its pure entertainment value. But right now, it's a show that looks good on the surface but is empty at the core.
  20. 88
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
  21. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    58
    An hour of snide cleverness--especially one in which you can predict all the plot twists--gets tired fast. [24 Mar 2006, p.59]

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