Honest Thief

Honest Thief

Honest Thief

A robber makes the ultimate move towards an honest life by turning himself over to the police in this Liam Neeson crime thriller. But when the Feds start to show their corrupt side, the thief must fight to clear his name.

2020Rating: M, Violence & offensive language98 minsUSA
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Good silly fun.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Honest Thief loses its way by not quite knowing what it wants to be. Director and co-writer Mark Williams – he co-created TV's Ozark – seems stuck between the conventions of an action movie, and wanting to make a more soulful and grown-up examination of the bad that men do when they think they are protecting the people they love.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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Honest Thief, co-written and directed by Mark Williams, is a predictable and slack affair, relying on eerie music, dark sets and smoke to create tension. There is no particular set of skills here.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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The repetitious plot is more ritual than text as we watch yet another Liam Neeson avenger defy the will of younger, unscrupulous men.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Unlike his previous action films and pulpy crime flicks, there’s neither enough grade-A live-wire dynamism nor giddy, guilty-pleasure cheesiness (seriously, have you seen Non-Stop?!) to make this movie actually move. It’s a safecracker-versus-corrupt-feds thriller that’s just north of somnambulistic.

CNN

CNN

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By the standards of Liam Neeson thrillers (and there are a lot from which to choose), Honest Thief is pretty weak tea, a passable, low-octane action movie that doesn't do much more than steal one's time. Like second-tier John Wayne westerns, Neeson offers enough of what his fans want, but a thin script and stilted dialogue make the battle harder than usual.

Variety

Variety

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It’s a serviceably energized and routine action crime movie, with a few slammin’ fistfights and gun battles, and it proves once again that Liam Neeson is an actor who will take a paycheck gig without treating it like one.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Perfectly serviceable and utterly forgettable, Honest Thief nonetheless offers a few pleasing details to keep it from being a total slog.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Not exactly a thinking man’s action movie, and not a gleefully dopey thrill ride either, Honest Thief is as grudging as its main character when it comes to doling out thrills.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Much like its central character, the film at least proves honest in its intentions.

Vulture

Vulture

press

It’s a subdued, at times even intimate, old-guy action flick. And that streamlined, bare-bones quality serves the film well. Mostly.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

A little bit itchy, maybe, and smelling of mothballs, but deeply, inexplicably comforting, in these uncertain times.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Honest Thief loses its way by not quite knowing what it wants to be. Director and co-writer Mark Williams – he co-created TV's Ozark – seems stuck between the conventions of an action movie, and wanting to make a more soulful and grown-up examination of the bad that men do when they think they are protecting the people they love.

Associated Press

Associated Press

press

Honest Thief, co-written and directed by Mark Williams, is a predictable and slack affair, relying on eerie music, dark sets and smoke to create tension. There is no particular set of skills here.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The repetitious plot is more ritual than text as we watch yet another Liam Neeson avenger defy the will of younger, unscrupulous men.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Unlike his previous action films and pulpy crime flicks, there’s neither enough grade-A live-wire dynamism nor giddy, guilty-pleasure cheesiness (seriously, have you seen Non-Stop?!) to make this movie actually move. It’s a safecracker-versus-corrupt-feds thriller that’s just north of somnambulistic.

CNN

CNN

press

By the standards of Liam Neeson thrillers (and there are a lot from which to choose), Honest Thief is pretty weak tea, a passable, low-octane action movie that doesn't do much more than steal one's time. Like second-tier John Wayne westerns, Neeson offers enough of what his fans want, but a thin script and stilted dialogue make the battle harder than usual.

Variety

Variety

press

It’s a serviceably energized and routine action crime movie, with a few slammin’ fistfights and gun battles, and it proves once again that Liam Neeson is an actor who will take a paycheck gig without treating it like one.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Perfectly serviceable and utterly forgettable, Honest Thief nonetheless offers a few pleasing details to keep it from being a total slog.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Not exactly a thinking man’s action movie, and not a gleefully dopey thrill ride either, Honest Thief is as grudging as its main character when it comes to doling out thrills.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Much like its central character, the film at least proves honest in its intentions.

Vulture

Vulture

press

It’s a subdued, at times even intimate, old-guy action flick. And that streamlined, bare-bones quality serves the film well. Mostly.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

A little bit itchy, maybe, and smelling of mothballs, but deeply, inexplicably comforting, in these uncertain times.