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Released in the same 12-month span as Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973) and Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express (1974), Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974) also tells a story of doomed outlaws in love. Depression-era criminals T-Dub (Bert Remsen), Chicamaw (John Schuck), and Bowie (Keith Carradine) band together to rob banks after escaping from a prison farm. Hiding out with Dee Mobley (Tom Skerritt) and Keechie (Shelley Duvall), and then with T-Dub's in-law Mattie (Louise Fletcher) between bank jobs, the three crooks are a loyal group, but increasingly sensational news… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Great Altman film with strong work by Carradine and Duvall."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Each scene plays out with equal measure given to humor, pathos, eccentricity of character, the unpredictability of life, and the blundering work of getting through the day as a human being."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"At times unbearably objective."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It is full of things to think about, that hang in the memory like the details of a banal crime story on page 32, which, though read quickly, won't go away. Somehow you know that this happened."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"a daffy mix of purposefully bad jokes and often aimless ponderings"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Altman's ironic deconstruction of the Hollywood "couple on the run" genre, with direct references to They Live By Night and Bonnie and Clyde"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Thieves Like Us proves that when Robert Altman has a solid story and script, he can make an exceptional film, one mostly devoid of clutter, auterist mannerism, and other cinema chic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Altman may not tell a story better than any one, but he sees one with great clarity and tenderness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Captivating remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Review This Altman classic of love, crime and bank robberies during the Depression is adapted from the same Edward Anderson novel as Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night."
‑ , Film4
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