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The Art of the Steal


Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references.

R In Theaters 03/14/2014
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
For a film about art forgeries, The Art of the Steal is itself something of a forgery, a painstaking, brushstroke-by-brushstroke re-creation of masterworks dreamed up by better artists. And like a good forgery, it's enjoyable on the surface, but loses its charm a bit once you do some digging. Full Review
Chris Packham
Village Voice
The Art of the Steal doesn't advance the nerdy intertextuality that has distinguished ironic crime films since Guy Ritchie, but writer-director Jonathan Sobol knows the ropes. Full Review
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
An energetic but paper-thin genre exercise, filled with pleasant riffs on the standard heist flick, but ultimately lacking in payoff. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Director Jonathan Sobol clearly understands the first rule of a good grift: misdirection. He packs his middling caper flick with so many known faces, it’s easy to miss all the other familiarities. Full Review
James Adams
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
As is often the case in these caper flicks, there’s too much plot for insufficient dramatic effect, and alert viewers will suss out where it’s all heading in the first five minutes. Full Review

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