Thieves Like Us
Thieves Like Us (1974)

Set during the 1930s, this film focuses on three escapees from a Midwestern prison camp who go on a crime spree throughout the South. The film is a remake of They Live By Night, yet it is distinguished by Robert Altman's's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 11, 1974
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.

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TV Guide

A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

At times unbearably objective.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
A minor work for Altman but still another exceptional film in his genre experimentation period.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Robert Altman's problematic approach is again on full display in "Thieves Like Us" which is about three escaped convicts in… More
Ken Stachnik
Altman does Bonnie & Clyde.
Grifty G
Based on the same book that 'They Live By Night' was, but I enjoyed this version a little more. Both Carradine and Duvall are very likeable. Great… More
Stella Dallas
altman's idiosyncratic update of nicholas ray's they live by night. carradine and duvall are sweet and gawky as the doomed lovers. great soundtrack… More
cody franklin
Great story about 3 bank robbers who's personalities begin to change as they become more successful.Great use of radio programs as the soundtrack and… More