The Italian Job
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A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this big-budget remake of the 1969 British caper classic. The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg as Charlie, the mastermind of a daring Venice heist overseen by John (Donald Sutherland), a lifelong criminal who plans to retire from the fold with the earnings from his most recent take. Basking in the glow of a job well done at a secluded retreat in the Alps, the thieves -- including the aptly-named Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), tech-geek Lyle (Seth Green), and hearing-impaired quipster Left Ear… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This one offers some agreeably mindless fun in which the villains (including Norton) are truly villainous, the payback is satisfying in a purely infantile way, and the familiarity of everything is oddly comforting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Exciting heist film for teens and their families."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Italian Job turns out well, a fast and entertaining caper designed to give you a couple of fun hours."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A passable time-waster ... directed with some grace and snap."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It is in Gray's spirited execution that such by-the-book formula makes for a brisk, slick entertainment hits the summer movie spot."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Gary Gray's version is tauter, better made but insufficiently idiosyncratic to attract a cult following."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Heist movies seem pretty quaint and analog in our era where high stakes crime is primarily electronic in nature. But until someone can make embezzlement cinematically interesting, we're left with theft and this movie just gets away with it."
‑ Robert Learner, Film Threat
"This unglamorous approach has the odd effect of making them seem more glamorous -- we're free to soak up their star quality because there's no hard sell to fight off."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A fun bit of action comedy with a bang up cast."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Gray adds some zip to this remake of the 1969 Michael Caine caper flick, but despite two clever action sequences and some uncharacteristically tight performances from his cast (most notably Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg), the con remains the same."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"F. Gary Gray has crafted a fun summer film packed with action, comedy, and a talented ensemble cast."
‑ Jason Zingale,
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