• Released
  • July 31, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Documentary
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80

The Guardian

The casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The movie's most exciting when the precision and jaw-dropping nerve of the gang holds center stage.
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75

Slant Magazine

It occasionally succumbs to the pitfalls of the mock-thriller kitsch it slyly dismantles, but it's made up for in a wry and experimental visual style that satirically paints a vibrant crime fantasia.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
You can’t make this stuff up. But Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers would be fascinating even if it wasn’t so timely.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Marking does an admirable job of ceding centerstage to the Panthers without letting the film turn soft or letting her subjects turn themselves into latter-day Robin Hoods.
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Smash and Grab has a grating, repetitive score and can look a little homely on the big screen. But unlike many true-crime accounts, it cherry-picks its material successfully and preserves the conspiratorial sense that we’re learning the ins and outs of an illicit art.
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70

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The doc breezily sketches out the process of casing, smashing, grabbing, escaping, and fencing, not in as much detail as David Samuels's stellar New Yorker piece on the Panthers a couple years back, but with some added pathos.
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63

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Smash & Grab aims to replicate the mesmeric tension of a Michael Mann thriller (the crime-cinema impresario is even explicitly referenced by one of the cops assigned to hunt down the group), though the film is so all over the place stylistically that it often seems like several different movies cut together.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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