The Art of the Steal
The Art of the Steal (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 6, 2014
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It boasts a terrific cast led by the always-watchable Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, but The Art of the Steal wastes its stars on a formulaic plot that borrows too obviously from superior heist pictures.

Scott Foundas

A derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Director Jonathan Sobol clearly understands the first rule of a good grift: misdirection. He packs his middling caper flick with so many known faces, it's easy to miss all the other familiarities.

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Jon Lyus

With one contrived plot twist too many the final act descends into a fug of farce stealing the film's early promise.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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John Anderson

Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Occasionally charming, yet completely unoriginal, this is dumb fun, no more, no less.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell may not make the most convincing half-brothers, but "The Art of the Steal" is a fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's as if Sobol walked a tight-rope over the falls, got distracted by the view and then crawled back to safety.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

An appealing cast almost make the difference to this film, a sloppy half-hearted caper that never seems to break sweat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Typical confidence caper pulled off by capable hands all around making for a good afternoon at the movies. Think Thomas Crown Affair. Fun stuff.
Panta Oz
A light, never too serious Canadian art-heist comedy by Jonathan Sobol is only 90 minutes long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Leading actor Kurt Russell is… More
Al S
A tremendously enjoyable and twist filled comedy caper with a great cast that you cant help but love. A hilarious, stylish and wickedly entertaining movie from… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Briskly paced, consistently funny, and just clever enough, The Art of the Steal is a film that tries very hard to emulate the best heist pictures. It… More
Shawn Montague
While I still sat through this movie entertained, it wasn't that great.
Lane Zieben
It sure has been a while since I've seen the charm and steel of Kurt Russell on camera, but with 'The Art of the Steal', we get a perfect balance… More