'The Italian Job' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
73%
Rotten Tomatoes:   181 reviews
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    Take this Job and floor it.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    This is the zippy remake that Ocean's Eleven wanted to be and wasn't quite.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Small and steady, it wins the race with brains, not brawn.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Sheri Linden Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Even if there's little question that the good thieves will triumph, the film generates a good share of tension.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    25
    A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Even though the 1969 original Italian Job had Michael Caine in the title role, carrying out the plans of imprisoned criminal mastermind Noel Coward, this new version has it all over the original.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    60
    Exciting heist film for teens and their families.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    75
    It is in Gray's spirited execution that such by-the-book formula makes for a brisk, slick entertainment hits the summer movie spot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    75
    This is one of those popcorn action flicks that will leave a smile on your face from beginning to end.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    The Italian Job turns out well, a fast and entertaining caper designed to give you a couple of fun hours.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Gary Gray's version is tauter, better made but insufficiently idiosyncratic to attract a cult following.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound
    75
    Gray adds some zip to this remake of the 1969 Michael Caine caper flick, but despite two clever action sequences and some uncharacteristically tight performances from his cast (most notably Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg), the con remains the same.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    60
    A passable time-waster ... directed with some grace and snap.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Derek Adams Time Out
    Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Robert Learner Film Threat
    60
    Heist movies seem pretty quaint and analog in our era where high stakes crime is primarily electronic in nature. But until someone can make embezzlement cinematically interesting, we're left with theft and this movie just gets away with it.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    63
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jason Zingale Bullz-Eye.com
    70
    F. Gary Gray has crafted a fun summer film packed with action, comedy, and a talented ensemble cast.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Ethan Alter NYC Film Critic
    60
    Gray does a solid enough job behind the camera, although it's clear he feels more at home directing the action sequences than the quieter moments.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Andrew Wright Portland Mercury
    Surprisingly gratifying ... In a summer full of computer-generated, nu-metal-accompanied kicks to the midsection, this may be the closest you'll get to drawing room grace.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Louis-Jerome Cloutier Panorama
    42
    Cette production estivale est divertissante l'espace d'un instant si l'on ne cherche pas a en trouver les moindres defauts.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tony Medley tonymedley.com
    70
    This is escapist fare that doesn't pretend to be Shakespeare. For what it purports to be, I found it entertaining.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeffrey Chen Window to the Movies
    50
    A light caper movie, with heavy emphasis on the word 'light' -- light plot, light action, light violence, light sex, light humor, light acting.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ed Colley Future Movies UK
    It is neither good nor bad, engaging nor boring, sexy nor pedestrian.
    Full Review » 11 years ago