(1998)

Critic Reviews

85

Metascore

Based on 30 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
San Francisco Chronicle
[Soderbergh] plays with time and narrative to reveal character, mood and longing in ways you just don't find in a mainstream crime picture.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The first film to build on the enormously influential "Pulp Fiction" instead of simply mimicking it. It has the games with time, the low-life dialogue, the absurd violent situations, but it also has its own texture.
88
New York Daily News
When boy meets girl in Steven Soderbergh's jaunty, sexy Out of Sight, it happens with a bang.
88
Chicago Tribune
It's a nice mix, an elegantly smoky and dangerous cocktail -- just like the old noirs, but in a more modern, shinier glass. And since the basic brew is Elmore Leonard's, it tickles as it goes down. [26 June 1998]
88
ReelViews
Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Undoubtedly, [the lead actors] both benefit hugely from the sharpness of Leonard's stock-in-trade dialogue: Put smart words in any actor's yap, and their performance will rise accordingly.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Lopez, for all her Latina-siren voluptuousness, has always projected a contained coolness, and this is the first movie in which it fully works for her.
75
USA Today
The low-key approach probably gets closer to the soul of Leonard, but it lacks zip. As a result, Out of Sight sometimes runs out of gas.
70
Steven Soderbergh's direction conjures an understated '70s vibe, striking an apparently effortless balance between grit and glamour.
50
Christian Science Monitor
Much of the action seems more like warmed-over Quentin Tarantino than first-rate Steven Soderbergh.
50
San Francisco Examiner
Out of Sight needed the energetic and stylish hand of "Get Shorty" director Barry Sonnenfeld. Instead, a sad-sackish Soderbergh ( "sex, lies and videotape") comes at this material looking as if his mind was on something else, something much, much more depressing.

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