Thief Synopsis
A safecracker (James Caan) wants to quit, but mobsters say no.
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The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Michael Mann’s Thief is one of the most confident directorial debuts of its era, the product of an unprecedented amount of research and...
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90

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Debut features are rarely this confident and accomplished, much less such a perfect blueprint of what to expect from a filmmaker down the...
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90

Newsweek

By David Ansen
Brutal and precision-made, Thief is a high-tech crime movie that closes in on its subject with such relentless purpose that it approaches...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's one of those films where you feel the authority right away: This movie knows its characters, knows its story, and knows exactly how it...
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80

Variety

Although there are points where he gets bogged down in the technical aspects of thievery, the film is a slick Chicago crime-drama with a...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Realism by nature offends the dogmatic, and Michael Mann, in a writing-directing debut that makes one want to see his next movie instantly,...
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60

Washington Post

It's the most exaggerated example yet of the abiding imbalance in modernist filmmaking, where an abundance of texture fails to conceal a...
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50

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to...
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