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Detroit Free Press:
The talented cast and competent direction keep you rooting for these good thieves, even when common sense urges you to keep your cool.
The Italian Job may not be the most memorable film you'll see all summer, but it's a fairly good alternative to many of the prequels and sequels we have ahead of us.
This movie has more personality and humor than most films of its recent type.
New York Times:
With its impeccable timing, steady kinetic drive and superbly choreographed chase sequences through the canals of Venice and the streets of Los Angeles, the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, feels a like smooth, exciting whoosh down a ski slope.
This one offers some agreeably mindless fun in which the villains (including Norton) are truly villainous, the payback is satisfying in a purely infantile way, and the familiarity of everything is oddly comforting.
A movie so eagerly and infectiously living for the moment that it barely follows the contours of the 1969 British caper flick that inspired it.
Los Angeles Times:
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.
The Italian Job has a decent enough heart, and, thanks to Seth Green and Mos Def, some funny moments. It's just not racing with enough adrenaline.
Paramount's new version boasts no such cultural resonance, but it's far more enjoyable than, say, X2 or The Matrix Reloaded.
Screenwriting couple Donna and Wayne Powers have managed to downgrade what was only a half-decent 1969 crime flick to begin with.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
This unglamorous approach has the odd effect of making them seem more glamorous -- we're free to soak up their star quality because there's no hard sell to fight off.
Like the tiny cars it features, it's not particularly extravagant or terribly sophisticated. It is amusingly put together and a fun ride.
New York Daily News:
A slicker, faster-paced, high-tech upgrade that lifts the sprightly spirit and the main action set piece from the original while developing its own twists and a new ending that, though a bit too pat and eager to please, is a vast improvement.
The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.
Small and steady, it wins the race with brains, not brawn.
San Francisco Chronicle:
This is pure entertainment but smart entertainment, plotted and executed with invention and humor and acted by a winning cast radiating good-movie energy.
A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately.
Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.
A lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.
Not only is this new Job a generally better movie than the 1969 caper, it moves through the paces with a light, confident grace very much its own.
Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.