The Thieves
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It's the score of their lives - if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game, and the crew is assembling for their biggest job yet. Popie [Jung Jae-Lee] is the muscle and brains; Pepsee [Hye-su Kim] is the safecracker. Yenicall [Giann Jun] climbs walls, Zampano [Soo Hyun Kim] is the strategy man, and Chewingum [Hae-suk Kim] is the master of disguise. But this new score - it's hot. Maybe too hot. But who can resist the Tear of The Sun: a 318-carat diamond, worth 20 million dollars, and locked away in a casino. The vault is impenetrable, the location covered in cops,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Thieves" carves its own niche with moments of romance and stylish mayhem mixed with a more emotionally conflicted, winner-take-all sensibility than its American brethren."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Easier to like than it is to follow, Choi Dong-hoon's glossy caper boasts all the pomp and cajolery of the true international blockbuster."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Village Voice
"The Thieves comes off like the Ocean's Eleven of South Korean cinema, but it also seems to be all talk and not enough action. Although slightly disappointing, The Thieves is worth seeing for its final 45 adrenaline pumping minutes."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"A clever take on caper movies, this casino heist has an appealing cast, tricky plotting, and strong, vivid action."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"[A] sprawling, relentlessly entertaining thriller."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Sadly, plot padding sees the film, lengthy for a heist thriller at 136 minutes, eventually wear out its welcome."
‑ Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny
"it's all very slickly realised... but the sheer number of mood swings, double crosses and narrative twists eventually becomes exhausting, while making it impossible to engage with the protean players or to care much who eventually comes up diamonds."
‑ Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
"Welcome to the K-cinema equivalent of comfort food."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"In dire need of a keen editor, and perhaps some clearer subtitling."
‑ Niki Boyle, The List
"A dazzling heist film that can't help but come off as duly influenced by Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, South Korea's number one box-office champ of all time is never less than clever."
‑ Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine
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