The Art of the Steal (2013)

The Art of the Steal (2013)

The Art of the Steal (2013)

Heist comedy caper starring Kurt Russell as a failed daredevil, leading a gang of thieves (including Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp and Jay Baruchel) as they attempt to steal a multi-million-dollar antique book.

"Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a motorcycle daredevil vaunted less for his death-defying leaps than his calamitous crash landings. Crunch also fancies himself something of a master thief, but winds up in prison when he's double-crossed by Nicky (Dillon), his brother and partner in crime. Released after serving his sentence, the cash-strapped former stuntman is inevitably tempted to complete one last score, and reluctantly reunites with his scheming sibling. With a painstaking plan in place and the old crew reassembled, the million-dollar question becomes: can the Calhoun brothers pull off the job before their tenuous truce unravels?" (Toronto Film Festival)

2013Rating: M90 minsCanada, USA
Comedy
73%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In the end, alas, it's the viewer who will leave feeling conned.

2.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Made up of plundered parts from the Oceans series and The Usual Suspects, and-like several of the forged tomes that figure in the plot-it's a pale imitation.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An entertaining lark.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It's fairly transparent to anyone who's seen more than a couple of con-man pictures. Indeed, the plot is so perfunctory and shrug-worthy that it seems to function primarily as an excuse to let the cast riff.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Satisfies both our vicarious greed and the desire some viewers will have to see a priceless work of art wind up in the hands of someone who couldn't care less about its price.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Conventional to an almost eye-watering degree, this could have used a little more effort to subvert the genre - and a little more Terence Stamp.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

In the end, alas, it's the viewer who will leave feeling conned.

2.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Made up of plundered parts from the Oceans series and The Usual Suspects, and-like several of the forged tomes that figure in the plot-it's a pale imitation.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Fairly amusing heist film with some sibling tension helping the story along.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An entertaining lark.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It's fairly transparent to anyone who's seen more than a couple of con-man pictures. Indeed, the plot is so perfunctory and shrug-worthy that it seems to function primarily as an excuse to let the cast riff.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Satisfies both our vicarious greed and the desire some viewers will have to see a priceless work of art wind up in the hands of someone who couldn't care less about its price.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Conventional to an almost eye-watering degree, this could have used a little more effort to subvert the genre - and a little more Terence Stamp.

3.0
0

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