The Thief (Vor) (Вор)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"...compelling, great-looking..."
‑ John Hartl,
"The powerful persona that is evoked by Mashkov, a Russian stage actor and romantic star of cinema, makes the melodramatics more convincing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Thief is one in a long line of competent Eastern European movies that evoke the hardships of the Second World War II effectively but not exactly inspiringly."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Beautifully photographed by Vladimir Klimov and utilizing Victor Petrov's strikingly authentic set to resemble a railway car of the 1950s, The Thief provides us with a broad sweep of Russian everymen as well as its principal performers."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Thief is a beautiful movie about terrible things that happen to a widow and her young son."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film falls short as a romance, however, never achieving the depths for which writer-director Chukhrai clearly strives."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"As mentioned, the payoff to this isn't exactly surprising, but the scenes that precede it are very good, thanks to Chukhrai's suspenseful plotting and convincing dialogue, as well as the terrific cast."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"[Stealing] the show is the eight-year-old Philipchuk, whose wide eyes register awe, puzzlement and misery with a conviction not seen since Salvatore Cascio in Cinema Paradiso."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"As dramatically compelling as it is heavily metaphorical..."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"There is more to this picture than just an affecting story; for those who care to look, there's plenty of symbolism."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The Thief, Russian director Pavel Chukhrai's new film, is both a simple story simply told and an uneasy political fable."
‑ Gemma Files, eye WEEKLY
"...The Thief is also a reminder of just how exhilarating and satisfying a good tragedy can be..."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"[A] clever allegory about the death of Stalinism in post-Second World War Soviet Union."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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