Made with so much wit and brains and dazzle and virtuosity that the sheer speed and cleverness of the caper hits you like a shot of pure oxygen.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
For those not so taken by the star power, this new Ocean's Eleven is the equivalent of a domineering team you can't stand that enters the Super Bowl. Even if you don't like the players, the odds are so good that it's tough to bet against them.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
A ridiculously enjoyable caper...
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Despite dashes of droll dialogue from screenwriter Ted Griffin, the remake aims for cool but instead gets chilly.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Fun-loving, carefully crafted romp.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
A brand-new ride, complete with humor, action, explosives, good-looking men in tuxedos and high-tech toys.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Top-of-the-line studio eye candy.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Jazzy and insouciant, if not quite what Frank would have called classy.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
The new Ocean's Eleven is altogether different -- it isn't content to let star power, shtick and easy camaraderie carry the day; it works for your money.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Vastly superior to the 1960 Rat Pack original, it boasts a well-structured, if engagingly improbable, story line and a glistening cast that performs with brio.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
I think it's time for Soderbergh to be leaving Las Vegas.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
It can, at times, be forgettable in a fun way, especially when its funniest performers are caught in Soderbergh's spinning crosshairs.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
It didn't shake me up and I wasn't much involved, but I liked it as a five-finger exercise.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Good, expensive, easygoing fun.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Happily Soderbergh's updated Ocean's Eleven, reconceived by screenwriter Ted Griffin, has only three things in common with its source: a Vegas location, a casino-heist plot, and a crew of cool cuties.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Vigorous, involving entertainment.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
It's extremely confusing, but you quickly learn to ignore the details and just watch the glam cast have fun.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A lark for everybody concerned, including the audience.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Pure Hollywood moonshine.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
If you see only one utterly undemanding, totally inconsequential motion picture this season, make it Ocean's Eleven.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
To be sure, Soderbergh has proved his entertaining point, and done the Rat Pack one better, converting a paltry failure into a paltry success. But just how cool is that?
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Soderbergh's crisp, funny heist flick makes out like a bandit. George Clooney and Elliott Gould steal the show.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
There's a world of difference between an accomplished popcorn movie like this one and one that's oversalted.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Represents a mostly successful stylistic shift into sheer artifice, where the force of the personalities involved compels your interest.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A champagne bubble of a movie, lively, effervescent and diverting. If it bursts earlier than we'd like -- and it does -- that takes nothing away from the considerable pleasure it provides along the way.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Soderbergh's most commercial film to date is a star-driven, semi-successful, slightly better remake of the 1960 origianl feature.
Emanuel Levy - Screendaily
Fun heist movie for older kids and their families.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
A perfect example of smart, fun mainstream entertainment. David Holmes' mod-jazz score pulses with pep, and even with the star power, Steven Soderbergh makes room for winning supporting turns from Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin and Carl Reiner.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
I expected a pretty big turkey and ended up getting an entertaining witty, funny, and well acted piece of comedy heist.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Whatever you do, don't pay attention.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Soderbergh and Griffin concoct a doozy of a robbery, seemingly impossible with a new hitch around every corner. The cast, headed by Clooney, never loses its cool and never gives away a surprise beforehand.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This wholly enjoyable entertainment sees Soderbergh setting himself a new challenge - the hi-tech robbery procedural - and relishing the cliches even as he freshens them with a dab of polish, wit, pace and a light touch of irony.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
A fast paced, enjoyable flick, stylishly filmed, filled with great, or at least well-known actors, that doesn't disappoint, but doesn't make a lasting impression either.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
We're not talking about reinventing the genre here. This is just a Big Mac and fries of a movie, and those movies, like the food, can hit the spot sometimes, especially when you're hung over.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
L'humour est raffine et subtil, le scenario est bien construit et rempli d'invraisemblances que l'on ne prend jamais au serieux.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
I'm left feeling like I went to the All-Star Game and only got to see them shoot free-throws.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A crowd pleaser of enormous star magnitude.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
When all the cards have been turned over, nothing seems to be at stake in this movie...Has the feel of a put-on. It put me off.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Soderbergh continues the roll that he's been on ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It's more of a novelty item than a film, really, and most of the fun comes from seeing just about all of Hollywood's most well-known faces show up in the span of two hours.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
All the principals (and the director, for that matter) are doing work they could do in their sleep, resulting in an eminently watchable film built on a very run-of-the-mill story.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Entertaining, fast-paced, and just plain fun.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
One expertly made piece of pure, unpretentious popcorn entertainment
Michael T. Grace - Film Threat
Vegas heist flick with style, charm and an ensemble cast of the coolest cats in town makes it safe for grown-ups to enter the theater again.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Stylish remake of an iconic-if-not-very-good original film, with a to-die-for cast, a great soundtrack and healthy measure of 'cool' -- it drags in places but is fun to watch.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Give yourself a break from the holiday rush and thinking about politics. You won't regret it.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
What a fun crowd director Steven Soderbergh put together.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
This isn't by any mean an 'important' film. Heck, it doesn't even try to be. What this is is slick. S-L-I-C-K.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Ocean's Eleven forsakes moral complexity and simple heist-movie excitement.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
It's clear that Soderbergh knows this is a movie about two things: star power and plot twists
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Refreshing, humorous and romantic to boot.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A ho-hum heist film.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
If you've seen other heist/con movies, you won't find new twists or surprises here, and you'll have little other reason to see Ocean's Eleven than to go star-gazing.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Soderbergh and Griffin understand the best part of a heist movie is watching the intricacies of the heist as it goes down.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A bright and breezy caper flick without any pretensions at all.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It rarely shows you anything you haven't seen in comparable pictures, and has no layer of depth to its coolness
Jason Clark - Matinee Magazine
Steven Soderbergh is wasting his talent making fluff this inconsequential.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
It's a giant ice-cream cake of a movie that tickles the pleasure centers of your brain--restoring the good name of large-scale, old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It doesn't take itself too seriously like some of its brooding, maudlin peers.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Stealing from the thieves...but not in a bad way.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
A landfill of toxic star personas and auteur laziness.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Ejemplo de que el entretenimiento puro no necesariamente tiene que ser banal y condescendiente.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
...a slick, slight, breezy affair that's easy to take if it's not taken too seriously.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The action is tight and the comedy is loose, and the result is a sharp, giddy blast.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Generic heist movies with high-caliber casts are trendy this year (see The Score and Heist). And for sheer extravagance and superfluousness, Ocean's Eleven tops them all.
Gary Susman - Boston Phoenix
Ocean's Eleven seems as if it coasting by on reputation alone.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Suffice to say, Ocean's 11 is a safe bet on which you can place your chips on.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Stylish and smart, even if it lacks a little soul.
Noah Davis - Hollywood.com
Fun, exciting, smart, and not too self-absorbed.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Takes a piece of '60s pop culture and effectively turns it into a piece of '00s pop culture.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Ocean's 11 was a sea of good times. (Okay I know that was corny...)
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
A caper movie oozing old-school style and peppered with cute little dashes of contemporary self-consciousness... feels plain cool and makes us want to grin
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
What does it matter if Soderbergh's a far better craftsman than Tony Scott and his ilk when he's lost his soul?
Jeremiah Kipp - Matinee Magazine
Raises the benchmark for all future blockbusters and is guaranteed to put a grin on your face from ear to ear.
Jamie Russell - BBC
Entretenimiento, simple, puro y duro...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
The heist itself is sufficiently daunting that it'll keep you watching long past the time when you've ceased to give a damn about the participants.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
[Soderbergh] cleverly hews to the requirements of a thriller style and puts out a taut entertainment that doesn't disappoint.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
With the stylish Soderbergh in the driver's seat, this is a smart, elaborate heist film with a Rat Pack pedigree, some laughs and surprises along the way.
Ed Kelleher - Film Journal International
One expertly made piece of pure, unpretentious popcorn entertainment.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's merely OK, but it is completely watchable, and equally forgettable.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
This one is proof that "big" movies can also be stylish and sophisticated while still being immensely entertaining.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
As Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter and Joey might have said, "Ocean's 11 ... it's a gas, man!"
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Ocean's Eleven" is a very thin, but very slick caper movie. There is no substance to it, but it is a lot of fun to watch.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Fun but forgettable, Ocean's Eleven stays north of average by virtue of a charismatic cast, and its straightforward goal to keep things light.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
There's a decent heist movie hidden under all that smarm but you have to dig pretty deep to unearth it.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Think of Ocean's Eleven as one of those $7.99 all-you-can-eat buffet dinners featured at Vegas casino-hotels. You get a lot for the money, but the next day you'll be hungry for something more substantial.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
The only time Soderbergh attempts anything borderline Hitchcockian, he literally runs out of battery power
John A. Nesbit - ToxicUniverse.com
[A] triumph of style and story...
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It succeeds where the original failed and fails where the original succeeded.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
No one can fault Soderbergh for restoring a little dignity to the Hollywood event film. Ideally, every big budget extravaganza should be this good.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
If you ever saw a heist film before, this one has nothing new to add.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
You focus on the boys, because they really seem like they love themselves and one another.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Cinematic junk food of the highest, tastiest order.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
a vivacious, quirky, throwaway crime-comedy
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The banter is droll and dry, the action is brisk, everybody looks great, and everybody gets to do a bit.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
A holiday movie that's good enough, but a long way from great.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
It's a kick, it's a gas, and it gives the Rat Pack itself a run for its money.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Clooney and Pitt have more onscreen chemistry than most celluloid lovers.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
movie classic dialogue repartee, Joe Friday delivery coupled with modern sarcasm and clipping pace make this an entertaining film.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Go and enjoy - give your sense of play a workout!
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's got a to-die-for cast, a great caper, smart dialogue, lots of laughs and a slick production design.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sharp, witty dialogue snappily delivered.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A great looking film.
David Forsmark - Flint Journal
All glitz and glibness, the film makes 1960's ego party, which had the mock substance of happy-hour celebrity, seem rather deep.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
You probably won't go wrong with this heist flick despite its relatively mild problems and shortcomings.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Slight but pretty diverting.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's pretty as a butterfly and just as lightweight.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Despite a lot of snappy dialogue supplied by screenwriter Ted Griffin, Ocean's Eleven bogs down in technological minutiae, pointless set pieces that aren't very funny and by indulging the urge to constantly sell itself.
John Anderson - Newsday
Admittedly, little of Ocean's Eleven is likely to hang around in your head past closing time. But that only gives you a good excuse to see it again.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A simple plan with a straightforward execution.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
At its best when it forgets about personalities and focuses on the mechanics of high-tech plunder.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Sin City never looked so beautiful.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Ocean's Eleven is a merry romp that delivers laughs in aces and boasts a full house of marquee talent.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
One of those rare movies in which it doesn't feel as though the cast's fun is being had at the viewer's expense.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Good acting and clever dialogue do not ultimately prevail over the formula plot and all of the cliches and stereotypes.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Buzzes along at a mildly entertaining pitch from start to finish.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Need a good argument for remakes? Look no further than Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This script could have used another write or two before it was ready to be shot.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Despite all the names, though, the real star here may be Ted Griffin's quippy script, which the cast seems to relish reading.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The hippest and coolest thing about Ocean's Eleven, both old and new, is that it brings together such high-wattage personalities, and it's fun to see so many of them on screen at the same time.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
A fun, intelligent caper film.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
This is a popcorn movie, pure enjoyment, plain and simple.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
So beautifully watchable and enjoyable that you'll happily inhale its jazzy, madcap ether.
Annette Cardwell - Filmcritic.com
How much fun it is could depend on two factors -- which sex you like to look at, and as the movie progresses, how much you liked or disliked Mission: Impossible.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It's the kind of movie you really like, but not as much as you want to.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The perfect movie for New Year's Eve.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
A triumph of style over substance, swagger over common sense, and it's almost impossible not to get jazzed by the sheer audacity of the plotters and their plot.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
For all its gloss and marquee power, the new flick feels calculated. The original Ocean's Eleven was cool. The new one is cold.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The heist comes off clean, and the twist is satisfying.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
A hip, joyfully contemporary retelling of its vintage predecessor, but someone of director Steven Soderbergh's caliber deserves slightly better than this material.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The man who helped spark the indie revolution is now making pictures that bow and scrape before the most depleted Hollywood conventions.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
The cinematic version of a Happy Meal -- tasty and filling, not particularly nutritious, but generally pleasing for all.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Hollywood finally remade a movie that deserved remaking.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A movie that is the epitome of that old-fashioned good time people have been asking me about.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
If you're looking for a cool caper, some hip, light-hearted fun and a good time at the movies, this is definitely your best bet.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
There is considerable pleasure to be had watching a Hollywood formula crowd-pleaser, no matter how irreverent, that's been made with intelligence, wit and style.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Clooney's performance serves as a metaphor for the entire movie: It's not challenging, but it's mighty pleasant and easy to watch.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The kind of movie that makes you wish you were having as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Bouncy and amusing...utter fluff, to be sure, but it's highly enjoyable fluff, far superior to the earlier picture.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A playful romp without much oomph or zest.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A fun heist movie.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
One of those sit-back, relax and enjoy-it movies.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leave it to the sublimely inventive Steven Soderbergh to do a remake the right way around -- starting from a mediocre movie...then setting out to make it better.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Free of cruelty and sexuality, free of violence and very much profanity, and free of the pretence that it is something other than a sleek, expert star piece.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Soderbergh and Griffin work some new comic scenes into the story, though they lay the yuks on thickly.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It is all very slick and isn't the kind of flick that you'll watch again and again, but it is a lot of fun and reps a bit of light entertainment for the holidays.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Its overall composition just doesn't add up.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
A sure bet.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Ocean's Eleven is probably the best brochure for Las Vegas tourism since Robert Urich's Dan Tanna cruised the Strip in television's Vega$.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
A thriller that doesn't thrill and a heist that's not much fun ... It's a sleek snoozer.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Completely preposterous and totally enjoyable.
Dave White - IFilm
This is the perfect guy movie.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The film drags a bit after the characters are introduced, but then the well-paced heist begins.
Ross Brooks - Citysearch
A respectable heist movie.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Brad Pitt turns in a performance of effortless charm, subtle and witty, completely in service to the character and the movie and yet completely movie star mesmerizing.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Rarely has a film been as simultaneously pleasurable and as disappointing as Steven Soderbergh's version of Ocean's Eleven.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
So how is the actual movie? It's okay. It's not great, it's not bad...it's so-so.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Not only is it tedious and boring, just Brad Pitt and Andy Garcia shine in this heavily puffed up cast of all stars.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The story crackles, the stars pop, the dialogue zips, the music grooves.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Deprives the viewer of the type of heightened suspense desirable for the heist genre, and rather, distracts him and her with its superficial treatment of character and plot.
Yazmin Ghonaim - Cinephiles
Ocean's Eleven is not going to win any awards, and it's not going to break any new ground, but like a good round at the Blackjack table, it's just good fun.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Soderbergh is so cool he can make anything go down like fine wine.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine