Heist (2001)

Joe Moore has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed and his wife may be… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 9, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I couldn't believe any of it on any level, though it could be described as 'fun.'

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Charles Taylor

There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.

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Jason Bailey

We watch a movie like 'Heist' for the virtuosity of the execution, for the wit with which Mamet writes his way through the conventions, and the pleasure his actors take in chewing on his dialogue, in all of its repetition, shop talk, and artful profanity.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A perfectly pleasurable ride.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

It's one of Mamet's best. It's also one of Hackman's best, most mercurial performances.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A minor work by a major guy.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Captivating David Mamet movie for grownups.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
A watchable Heist film, but not a particularly exciting one. The plot was full of little twists, but most of them predictable and for me this film brought… More
xGary Xx
Gene Hackman heads up an otherwise lacklustre cast in a heist movie about an ageing thief who is blackmailed into performing one last job. As hackneyed as that… More
Al S
It's pure dynamite. Sizzeling and exhilerating. A razor-sharp crime thriller. One of the best and smartest heist films ever made. Snaps and crackels with… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Jimmy: So, is he going to be cool? Pinky: My motherfucker is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him. What's great about David Mamet movies is the… More
Curtis Lilly
This was okay.
Luke Baldock
An intelligent and well scipted heist film, with interesting characters and some tense moments. It does however conform too much to all other heist thrillers… More

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