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The only rational response to the Coen brothers' decision to script this star-studden remake of the 60s heist caper is to shout: 'Why?'

I have had paper cuts on the soft flesh between the thumb and forefinger less painful and more rewarding than this: an agonisingly pointless remake of the 1960s heist caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine. Michael Hoffman, the formidable film-maker responsible for The Last Station, directs. And Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script, to which the only rational response is to shout the single word: "Why?" Their interest in remaking the Ealing classic The Ladykillers in 2004 was a bit baffling but the result did at least have some kind of distinctive writerly flavour. This, however, just looks like the Coens have taken a holiday from trying their hardest and doing their best. Colin Firth plays Harry Deane, an "art curator" who supervises »

- Peter Bradshaw

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