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The most elaborate and successful art heist in modern history is detailed in filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus' cinematic account of the daring raid on Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum staged in the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day, 1990. By the time the ruse of the well-organized and cleverly disguised thieves was discovered, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum had been stripped of 13 priceless works including Vermeer's "The Gardener" -- one of only 35 works by the master known to currently exist. As respected art detective Harold Smith attempts to uncover… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"The film is a bit rough around the edges, but it found an unforgettable character in a dogged 75-year-old art robbery sleuth named Harold Smith."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Composer Peter Golub adds swooning suspense, while cinematographer Albert Maysles, who has documented many Christo projects, frames rendezvous with tipsters tempted by the $5 million reward."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"An unusually thoughtful documentary about one of the modern era's most audacious art thefts."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"... a meandering survey of dead ends and colorful theories, interspersed with a dry history lesson that serves as little more than tasteful padding."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[The film] spearheaded a new investigation that turned up an astonishing array of fiction-ready characters."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stolen is ultimately too lightweight and indecisive -- ironic, for a film ostensibly about people in thrall to an all-consuming passion."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"Captures a great yearning among many different people across time, all affected by Gardner and her legacy, especially those parts now missing."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"An entertaining, scattershot affair that promises more than it can deliver."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"What [Dreyfus] loses in modern day intrigue, she makes up for with history, art lessons and a detective straight out of Agatha Christie."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In telling the story of an unsolved crime, they use every trick available to awaken and prolong suspense before a payoff that never comes."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"A captivating documentary."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Even though there's no neat resolution, the entire ride is a pleasure."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"In the end, the question remains: who the heck did the theft and where are the paintings now?"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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