The Sting
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Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death, Johnny begins planning a "sting" -- an elaborate scam -- to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the aid of "the greatest con artist of them all," Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Newman and Redford pass a few facial expressions between them and try to cool each other out. If there ever was much of a script, it can be said to have gone to waste."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"The film ends up relying on different chapter headings to explain what's going on, but it's all very professional, with fine attention to period detail."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"a brilliant piece of moviemaking that is extremely watchable and completely enjoyable, even almost 40 years after it was made"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Overrated, overlong and unconvincing formulaic comedy caper that relies heavily on star power."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"The film is so good-natured, so obviously aware of everything it's up to, even its own picturesque frauds, that I opt to go along with it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A perfectly calibrated machine designed to be as entertaining as possible in as many ways as possible."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A great pick for repeat viewings."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The Sting still holds up as a beautifully constructed piece of mainstream entertainment with two stars burning brightly and staying on the right side of smug."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Film4
"Top-notch entertainment."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The movie has a nice, light-fingered style to it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback."
‑ Nathan Ditum, Total Film
"Smart, stylish caper -- but not for kids."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"The camaraderie between the two principal actors is almost as appealing as it was in Butch Cassidy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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