100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Nolte's gambler-bandit Bob Montagnet is a triumph of imagination, touched with electric existential poetry.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Nick Nolte plays a great shambling wreck of a wounded Hemingway hero in The Good Thief, a film that's like a descent into the funkiest dive on the wrong side of the wrong town.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
With his haggard good looks and bearish presence, Nolte is the main event in this colorful three-ring circus of a heist picture.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Cinema as jazz. More precisely, jazz traded by the likes of Charlie Parker, Billie Holliday, Chet Baker -- blurry, opiated, jagged with melancholy and stone cold beautiful.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The actor is magnificent -- ravaged, desperate, aware -- and no more so than in a scene toward the end when Bob's cardsharp cool finally breaks. It's a risky scene, the one note of corn, but Nolte brings it home. Too bad the movie doesn't.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
For a movie that earns its R-rating for drug content and violence atop language and sexuality, it leaves you with the next thing to a mellow smile.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The trouble with all this is that it's thin movie tinsel that, while lovingly polished, never becomes more than tinsel. The Good Thief has a glib stylishness (the rapid freeze-frames at the end of scenes signify...nothing), yet it lacks a blast of reality to balance its fable.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though it ultimately recovers, too much of The Good Thief forgets about Bob, and in the process the movie loses much of its allure and vividness.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role, and director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) surrounds him with colorful characters.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Of the original and the remake, only one film feels authentic, and it's not The Good Thief.
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68 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.