(2008)

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91
One of the pleasures of The Bank Job is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair.
75
Rolling Stone
Dull title for a juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises I have no intention of spoiling.
75
A heist movie in the classic tradition - it details every aspect of the caper, from its genesis to its aftermath. The fact that there's political intrigue and espionage swirling around the edges only makes it more fascinating.
75
Premiere
The suspense aspect works like mad, but what's also noteworthy is the character component, which at times evokes a "Smash Palace"-era Donaldson.
75
Chicago Tribune
Slick, ice-cold and enjoyable, The Bank Job is a bit of all right.
70
The actual robbery that the picture is based on is shrouded in mystery, and the screenwriters, Dick Clement and Ian La Fresnais, have engaged in a fair amount of entertaining invention.
70
Statham's totally believable. He might yet become Bruce Willis.
67
Unlike the other great caper films of the last 10 years, like "Ocean’s 11" and "The Italian Job" – stylish affairs in which punishment is close enough to give the audience a sense of lingering danger but never so close that it gets in the way of the technological fetishism and love of tailored shirts that apparently make grand larceny such a kick – the blowback in The Bank Job is real and ugly and involves some sort of pneumatic paint-stripping machine that would freak out the Coen Brothers.
60
Variety
An engrossing if underwhelming period thriller.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
A slow-paced and often confusingly plotted crime drama that never lives up to the delicious potential of its premise.

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