The Old Man & the Gun

The Old Man & the Gun

The Old Man & the Gun

True story crime drama with Robert Redford (in his last leading role before retiring) as Forrest Tucker, the career criminal and escape artist who bolted from San Quentin in a canoe at age 70 to go on a string of bank heists. Detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck) hunts him and becomes captivated with his commitment to the bank robbing craft. A woman (Sissy Spacek), tugs him away from a life of crime. Co-stars Danny Glover and Tom Waits.

2018Rating: M, Coarse language93 minsUSA
CrimeDrama

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Flicks, Travis Johnson

Flicks, Travis Johnson

It becomes apparent very early on in the proceedings that, for all that his fourth film is based on a true story, writer and director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story) is more interested in stories than truths this time around. It’s not just the opening title card that proclaims “This Story is Mostly True” – an early throwaway shot of children whitewashing a fence indicates that, like Mark Twain before him, Lowery is engaging in a very American brand of mythmaking – he’s retelling the legend of the Great American Outlaw.

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Summation, farewell, tribute—whatever you want to call it —David Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun eases Robert Redford’s 60-year movie career to a disarmingly laid-back, sweetly nostalgic close.

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Variety

Variety

Instead of going big and giving Redford some bombastic swan song, he crafts a gracious exit that simultaneously feels like an encore of sorts.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The cat-and-mouse of Lowery's film is just reason enough to contemplate the shuffling everydayness of life, of how we are ever aware of its finality while also tending to, seeking out, and appreciating the little joys, mercies, and adventures of it.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

At a time when bluster, bragging and histrionic displays of self-pity are apparently the defining characteristics of American manhood, it's nice to be reminded of the virtues of discretion and quiet.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It would require a true curmudgeon to not derive pleasure from that twinkling performance from Redford, radiating smoothness, wisdom and charm to the very end.

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Stuff

Stuff

Thank goodness, then, that, if this is indeed to be his last hurrah, The Old Man and the Gun is a near-perfect send-off.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart. And whether David Lowery's exuberant gift of a film reps his final bow or not, Redford gives a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him.

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Newshub

Newshub

Every single moment of The Old Man & the Gun just made my heart sing.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A puckish film with a wistful quality, a gently comic end-of-the-line adventure about doing what you love, the passage of time and the things that might have been.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

If this sounds a bit like Hollywood glamorization of a career criminal, so be it, especially when the old man is played by Redford, whose full head of hair, alert mental antenna and nimbleness would put to shame many men decades his junior.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...a fantastic swan song for a great actor...

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