The Thief (Vor) (Вор)
The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997)

In this earnest Russian drama, a young boy learns harsh lessons about life's cruelty when he discovers that his beloved stepfather is a thief.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It's a superb film in the classic style of screen storytelling, at once intimate and epic, possessed of lyrical beauty and suffused with that mixture of warmth, suffering and rueful humor so characteristic of Russian films.

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John Hartl

...compelling, great-looking...

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The powerful persona that is evoked by Mashkov, a Russian stage actor and romantic star of cinema, makes the melodramatics more convincing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is clear fairly early in The Thief that the title character represents Stalin, and it's one of the strengths of the film that the symbolism never gets in the way of a convincing, heartbreaking story.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The Thief is a beautiful movie about terrible things that happen to a widow and her young son.

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Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine

The film falls short as a romance, however, never achieving the depths for which writer-director Chukhrai clearly strives.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

As dramatically compelling as it is heavily metaphorical...

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James Berardinelli

There is more to this picture than just an affecting story; for those who care to look, there's plenty of symbolism.

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Gemma Files

The Thief, Russian director Pavel Chukhrai's new film, is both a simple story simply told and an uneasy political fable.

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11 September, 2014 Simple, but uninteresting. 1/10.
Robert C
I beautifully told story of a boy growing up in Stalin era Russia. Beautifully filmed and at times really touching, with a pretty amazing cast. While the… More
Daisy Maduro
Vor, The Thief was an example of excellent Russian drama. It was great done with excellent scenes, cinematography, and acting,.It showed an inside view of life… More