[A] delectably elaborate and savory souffle of a mother-of-all-scams sequel.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Laura Kern - New York Times
With Ocean's Thirteen, the gang's all here, looking fighting trim and Hollywood beautiful, at your disposable pleasure.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Fantastically smug, empty picture, which comes complete with a nasty-tasting dab of misogyny.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Though it takes a little while before it really takes off, this slick bauble of a movie qualifies as the best of the summer 'threequels" -- at least thus far.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The details, the plots, the stratagems, the counter-stratagems mount and mount and mount until the thing reaches a point of such overplotted density it can't be penetrated.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
This might be the first piece of escapism to have a whiff of public service at its heart.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A spectacle blatantly predicated on a smug gaggle of mega movie stars in boss threads ostentatiously having fun by pretending to steal the house's money, while actually taking yours.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Ocean's Thirteen is passingly enjoyable summer fluff, but if you can find a more genial, less edgy caper movie, you might want to own it as a pet.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Why put so much sheen on a movie that warrants and provokes nothing more than mild diversion? It's like serving sloppy joes on fine china.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
In Hollywood's version of Vegas, I'll have the surf, and the turf, and the vegetarian, and anything else Soderbergh wants to serve me.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Is it possible that only a director so distrustful of surfaces could surrender so thrillingly to the big lie?
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
After a lot of buildup, not much happens at the climax.
David Denby - New Yorker
I know full well I'm expected to Suspend My Disbelief. Unfortunately, my disbelief is very heavy, and during Ocean's Thirteen, the suspension cable snapped.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Thirteen is all about maintaining a barely perceptible smirk behind an impassive pose. The line between cool and cold is a thin one, however. Cool isn't the word for Thirteen; it's just smug.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Predictably adolescent and smarmy, with the mix of sentimentality and cynical flippancy that's becoming Steven Soderbergh's specialty (even when he's pretending to make art films), this is chewing gum for the eyes and ears, and not bad as such.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Evocatively shot with the saturated color of '60s film and accompanied by David Holmes' retro-mod score, Ocean's Thirteen is a boy's-night-out lark that girls can enjoy.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Ocean's Thirteen is as lazy and laid-back as a softball game with the beer keg at second. And it's just as enjoyable.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Ocean's Thirteen is hack Hollywood garbage, the sort of film that thinks so little of its supposedly sure-thing audience that it never breaks a sweat. That's not cool; that's lazy.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A sequel (or three-quel, if you will) that returns to the vicarious fun of the first movie, Ocean's Eleven, and all but erases the not-so-fond memory of the preening ego-trip that was Ocean's Twelve.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Flat, abstruse, predictable and unable to raise your pulse rate higher than a blip on an EKG.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
As smooth as a good mojito, as stylish as an Armani suit and as meaningful in the grand scheme of things as yesterday's Las Vegas betting odds, Ocean's Thirteen continues the breezy good times of the first two series entries without missing a beat.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Hollywood's summer of risk-free programming continues with the fourth three-peat in six weeks, Ocean's Thirteen, the least overbearing of the franchise installments rolled out so far.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Its a funny, chummy movie that is every bit as over-plotted, absurd and indulgent as Ocean's Twelve. The big improvement? This time the ham is served on wry.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
An exercise in stylish bravado that is as substantial as a catfight between supermodels.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
For all its forced twinkle, Ocean's Thirteen leaves you with no real warmth, like a croupier who's just cleaned you out before he wishes you a nice day.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's time to send the Danny Ocean franchise out to sea, for good.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's watchable, colorful and intermittently funny, but given the level of talent on display, it's reasonable to want more than that.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Surrendering to Ocean's 13's pleasurable surfaces is sort of like admitting your attraction to a luxury brand: Sure, those alligator loafers are extravagant nonsense, but they feel so nice on your feet.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Ocean's Thirteen is the first sequel of the summer of 2007 not to fall on its face. The film is better paced and more involving than Ocean's Twelve but perhaps not as well executed as Ocean's Eleven.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[Recaptures] much of the spirit of the original film.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Ocean's Thirteen still feels like one trip too many to the craps table, playing the same hunches, with the outcome unimaginatively clear from the start: Categorical victory for the rascally good guys, utter defeat and humiliation for the villain.
David Germain - Associated Press
So listless and logy it needed Michael Moore to take it to Cuba for emergency medical treatment.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The movie is all heist, which Soderbergh carries off in high style.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Ocean's Thirteen will please those who delight in its persistent self-mythologizing, but the thrill of the original is gone, and nothing can bring it back.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Slant Magazine
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Now there's just self-fondling fizz -- no, not even that, just a kind of quasi-Zen petulance palmed off as 'cool'
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
A pastry of a movie, airy, insubstantial, and meant to fill in the gaps between heartier meals.
Michael Atkinson - Boston Phoenix
These actors have the characters they play down pat, and as long as they come up with some reason to pull off a heist, I'll be watching.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Ocean's Thirteen is one long set-up for a wholly unsatisfying and impotent climax.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
While it in no critical area improves upon the magic of its deliriously watchable original installment, it's flashier and funnier than expected.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Like a few dirty martinis, you won't remember much of it the next day, but it was pretty fun while it lasted.
Marlow Stern - Manhattan Movie Magazine
Basically, what you get with Ocean's Thirteen is more of the same, but less.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
I think it's safe to say most will find the magic is back in Ocean's Thirteen.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
A genial time-waster.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The "Ocean's" series started out popping like the Bellagio. With "Ocean's Thirteen" it has gone as dead as CircusCircus. On a Tuesday afternoon. During a Shriners convention.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
A renewed focus and sense of fun have returned to the proceedings.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It is, in essence, one long caper from start to finish. And while it makes almost no sense (and never pauses for a minute to think about it), everyone's having a ball -- and this time, the audience is included.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
What Soderbergh thinks is 'style' looks like a travelogue advertising Hell.
Armond White - New York Press
A subpar A-Team episode with George Clooney as Face.
Martin Scribbs - Low IQ Canadian
...a great diversion from, and a fine addition too, the three-peats filling up the local cinemas.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A cocky and condescending indulgence test for anyone who hasn't automatically bought into its faux-cool suave.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Though Ocean and the rest of the sexy squad have to act like they're desperately dedicated to what they do best to get the job done, the whole technically intricate production comes off as more play than work.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
When a movie keeps you this entertained without insulting your intelligence, it's hard to complain.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's just about good enough to make us forget how unfortunate Ocean's Twelve really was
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
If This Pays For Another Darfur Benefit, Then So Be It.
Stephen Himes - Flak Magazine
somewhere between the locker room ass-slapping, the bland heist plot develops, as if it really matters
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
It's fairly charming, extremely well put-together, and by this time next week I doubt I'll remember even having seen it.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Goes down smooth and easy, but lacks any real bite.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
This is a gang of thieves that we could hang out with again and again.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It's the best looking of the bunch. For a movie that's all posteur, that counts for a lot.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Another spectacle of celebrity narcissism and goofing off which can only be commended for not being quite as unbearable as its thoroughly self-satisfied predecessor.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Ocean's Thirteen feels mostly like just another job -- not only for the cast and crew, but for critics as well. Audiences will likely find it to be superior to its immediate predecessor, but as in most of the games the Ocean's guys are trying to rig, the
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
The suits are sleek, the dialogue snappy, the tone wry, the jazz hip. Even Las Vegas--bastion of neon kitsch that it is--looks opulently graceful.
Carolyn Arends - Christianity Today
I wasn't a fan of the previous two pictures in this series, but Ocean's Thirteen qualifies as the first to even approach a winning hand.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Better than the disastrous sequel.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's a great looking movie.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
All the reasons that I didn't like the first two installments in the Ocean's series were the elements that worked for me this time around.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Having suffered a few no-doze moments, I'd comfortably suggest that lovers of hi-roller comedy will not want to miss this roundup of Ocean's adaptive set of schemers.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Ocean's Thirteen shows that summer movies and their attendant presumption of needing to turn one's brain off can still be executed with style and wit.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
An intriguing heist.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Actors having a good time plus Soderbergh's style and lush Vegas imagery compensate for the plodding prelude to the heist.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The cast and crew are having a lark, and the mood is infectious rather than insular, as it was in the second film.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A victim of its own pedigree.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
...an improvement, without the smug celebrity preening that marred Ocean's Twelve.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Plausibility is the first casualty in Ocean's Thirteen but it's unlikely anybody is going to care.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Clooney/Pitt are our Sinatra/Martin and we should use them while they're still dapper and dashing and worthy of surname-only reference.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
If Ocean's Thirteen often seems as budget-bloated and hollow as a Vegas hotel, it still manages to coast on its surface charms. . . . you may not have hit the jackpot, but you didn't get cleaned out, either.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Watching this movie is like eating cotton candy: It may not have any substance, but it sure tastes good.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Even the most cynical person must concede that it's kind of fun watching beautiful people act cool.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
In a summer where every intended blockbuster has so far been the third in a series it's a relief to note that the fourth third to come along is the best of the lot.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
After two other movies in the series, Ocean's Thirteen doesn't exactly feel fresh, but what's cool is that it doesn't feel stale either. This is the rare movie series where the third entry is just as much fun as the original.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Clooney and Pitt provide plenty of eye candy in 'Ocean's Thirteen,' but this third Ocean's adventure often seems incoherent and listless.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Brisk and forgettable, the film is as memorable as a Las Vegas buffet: lots of goodies at the time, but afterward no taste that stands out.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Au sein d'un ete ou on se noie dans les suites decevantes, qui aurait cru que la plus satisfaisante concernerait quelques elegants cambrioleurs qui veulent venger un ami? - In a sea of disappointing summer sequels this one shines without violence or explo
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
...possesses precisely the sort of light-hearted vibe that the series has come to be associated with...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This plush third installment in director Steven Soderbergh's heist franchise recoups a good bit of the original's escapist fun.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The entire production is breezy enough to sit through and be entertained while the temperature outside reaches 90 degrees.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
If Ocean's 13 could treat theaters like clubs then they'd place bouncers at the doors so that only the cool people would be let in. That would definitely cut into profits but it would be in keeping with how the film would like to brand itself...
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
It's instantly disposable charm, but it's charm nonetheless.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
This summer, the forecast is cool%u2026at least if you're heading to the Ocean.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Ugly. Filmed through dirt. Danny's Dead End Kids infiltrate bin Laden's camp and hold him ransom for some old dude who rescued them from an orphanage.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
The script is fun and breezy and not meant to be taken very seriously.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Robbing casinos? Shit, these guys should be in charge of Katrina relief!
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon at the old picture show, even though it's eminently forgettable.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Upping the ante in terms of intrigue while toning it down in terms of action, this downright comfortable diversion is a relatively-cerebral affair which offers an absorbing alternative to the summer blockbusters of the over-stimulating, special effects-dr
Kam Williams - Black Star News
Even the title cards are splashy.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
You get what you came for, namely the usual suspects breezily hamming it up and a lot of forgettable banter going down incredibly easily.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
...an airy entertainment that has the smarts to add a second, unexpected swindle that is more satisfying than the main event.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An entertaining night out at the movies. Have some popcorn.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Third time's a charm. Ocean's Thirteen outshines the second installment, offering that certain breezy fun the original provided. Those cutie pies just work better in Vegas.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
How many times can you keep conning the viewers and get away with it?
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Whereas previous Ocean's films have delighted in crossing their audiences, Thirteen barely tries. And when the clever turns predictable ... well, it's no longer clever.
Chris Kaltenbach - Baltimore Sun
Punch-lines seem both unknowable and strangely satisfying, as in Rusty's apparently clever, wholly contextless rejoinder: "I said, 'What do I look like, a pancake eater?'" Read as you will.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
...the perfect movie for an air conditioned theater and a big tub of popcorn.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A fast-paced lark of a movie that makes it clear that in this cruel and crafty world, friends have to stick together.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
doesn't add anything new to its routine equation but a hundred and thirteen minutes pass swiftly and fourteen actors have a good time -- an enjoyable, disposable lark
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Thematically, though, this is an improvement on its forebears, mainly due to the way it deals - much like Scorsese's best work - with the archaic nature of the criminal set.
David Jenkins - Time Out
A lightweight but altogether entertaining romp-reunion that seems like nothing more -- or less -- than a do-over for the Steven Soderbergh-George Clooney Gang's ponderous, too-hip-for-the room Ocean's Twelve.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Like James Bond movies, it's not about the reality of the situation but the fun you have watching it.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
This one hits the jackpot as a sleek and stylish caper flick even Sinatra himself would have loved.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Creative scheming, in-jokes and movie star charm. That's really all we have here; essentially, this is heist movie porn.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Soderbergh regains the balance he found in the first film and, in some ways, even improves on it.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
If this is the final Ocean's movie, saving the best for last is a wonderful way to go out.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
But while it's an improvement on the last movie, Ocean's 12, it's not quite in the same league as the first film, Ocean's 11, principally because the storyline is the same and the sheer buzz of seeing so many megastars sharing the same screen has worn off
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's a lot better than Twelve, and even though it doesn't quite go to Eleven, at least it comes close enough.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
It's totally in love with itself, of course, one that would hog the mirror from now until the sun froze if you let it (sort of the cinematic version of the popular kids in high school putting on a show). But you end up not holding that against it.
Dave White - Movies.com
Funny, finely-tuned and flashier than an Essex boy on a night out in Romford . . . GO SEE!
Johnny Vaughan - Sun Online
Trapped by the very conventions it created, Ocean's Thirteen is a disappointing fake. One last job? Sure... but it's a hack job.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Though "Ocean's Thirteen" sticks to Las Vegas, rather than the lush palazzos of European cities, the atmosphere is still a privileged one where our heroes carry out another ultra-hip caper.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Ocean's Thirteen isn't great, but as third installments go, it's better than Godfather III.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
An Ocean that fulfills the promise of all this great talent.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
The gang's back in Vegas, and back in top form.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Something seems to be off when the actors onscreen are having a better time than the audience. Just like the first Ocean's film, this isn't so much a movie as a private party.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Acknowledging that service employees and factory workers make casinos tick - and factoring them into the plan - is a welcome wrinkle in pressed-suit professionalism that's on display in this thrillingly exciting franchise revival.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Clooney, Pitt and Damon have now worked together long enough that they've found a delightful sense of synchronicity that makes even the throwaway lines worth catching.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Returning to Las Vegas but losing its winning streak, Ocean's Thirteen lets Soderbergh and the boys take a final bow while proving it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Jamie Russell - Film4
You know it's one sequel too many, well, actually two sequels too many, when Brad Pitt and George Clooney start finishing each other's sentences while strolling down the Vegas strip and reminiscing on the good ole days.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Unfortunately, with the arrival of Ocean's Thirteen, it's beginning to seem that the spectacle of A-list salaries on parade may not be enough to sustain the series much longer.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Ocean's Thirteen is enjoyable fluff and a testament to how far wit and charisma can carry a film. In a summer full of wholly unnecessary sequels, this is the best one so far. That may be faint praise, but for this franchise, it's a big step up.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Steven Soderbergh's film is smooth, pleasing and lively. It's also completely devoid of genuine dramatic tension.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
It's just fun. You want to be challenged? Not your movie.
David Poland - Movie City News
It's not very funny. Like everything in the third Ocean's movie, these scenes have a great set-up and no payoff. The casual charm that was displayed so easily in Ocean's Eleven has turned downright lackadaisical.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
With so many events, you kinda had to be there. And Ocean's Thirteen never manages to give us the sense that we are.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
It may be way too clever for its own good, yet Ocean's Thirteen has plenty of ring-a-ding-ding.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
If it ran five minutes longer it would cross the line from amusing to annoying. But it doesn't.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
There is one small bit of good news about Ocean's Thirteen: it's not as bad as Ocean's Twelve. But when you consider just how dismal the latter was, this nugget will hardly be cause for rejoicing.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Thirteen goes back to the basics of slick, empty entertainment. And it leaves you feeling amused yet unfulfilled, so I guess all involved should be congratulated for a job well done. Or, depending how you look at it, slapped.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Has enough frothy frolic to make it worthwhile despite its lapses.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
The smug "It's our party and you're not invited" vibe of the second film is gone, replaced by a fizzy sense of shady glamour that makes an insanely complicated story of scams and swindles go down as smoothly as an ice-cold Bellini.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Plot pieces barely fit, almost nothing is clearly explained, the gizmos and twists are stupid, the wit witless. This movie smokes a fat cigar of assumption, smug that most viewers will need to feel like insiders.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's not often that the third in any franchise lives up to the reputation of its predecessors. Here Steven Soderbergh pulls it off by trumping the lackluster number two in the series and returning to the upbeat ambience and freshness of the first one.
Richard Mowe - Boxoffice Magazine
Ocean's 11's easy chemistry and effortless style return alongside the let's-take-down-a-casino plot.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
After the story's wheels are set in motion, you pretty much know everything that's going to happen, but director Steven Soderbergh makes it fun to watch your winning hand unfold.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
It's more apparent than ever that Soderbergh, Clooney, and company don't care -- and that sense of gleeful nonchalance is contagious.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
There's so much to enjoy here that there's literally something for everyone.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
For two hours, life as you drearily know it is effectively suspended and a summery delirium takes over. This may be one of the busiest movies ever made, but Soderbergh keeps the activity percolating with a fizzy arsenal of retro editing flourishes.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
'Ocean's Thirteen' is pure escapist fare that hits no jackpot, but pays off better than 'Ocean's Twelve.'
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Soderbergh can no more put the fizz back in his flat bubbly than one can put a genie back in a bottle, but at least Ocean's Thirteen can still give you a light buzz.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's an OK revenge pic but Dan Klores's revenge movie, 'Crazy Love,' costs 1/400th of the price to make, and is a superior film.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
All told, this thing has to be one of the dullest caper movies ever made.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It's probably not 'better' than the first movie, but I'll predict those who found the second one lacking will applaud the return to form.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Just so you know -- because this is important when you're talking to fans of George Clooney's charming thief Danny Ocean -- it's an hour and 15 minutes into Ocean's Thirteen before he appears in a tux.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It takes a special kind of talent to make a caper film without one iota of suspense...Ringadingding...not!
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Soderbergh and company have said this is the last Ocean's film, and it should be - they finally got it right. Anything that comes after will only tarnish the cocktail hour perfection of this movie.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Ocean's Thirteen plays to known quantities, but with a graceful sense of ease and a sparkly smile a mile wide...one of the best cinema experiences of the year.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Move over, Spidey, Shrek and Sparrow...Danny Ocean's back in Vegas! This romp is one of this summer's guiltiest pleasures.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
To call the Ocean's films frivolous would be kind, implying that these arduous concoctions are somehow light on their proverbial feet.
Keith Uhlich - Slant Magazine
The most enjoyable thing about the Ocean's movies is that nobody involved seems to take them seriously. The star wattage is immense but the stars themselves are refreshingly self-deprecating, almost satirically so.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This time, the con is on the audience.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Better looking than Shrek the Third, less convoluted than Pirates 3 and as satisfying as Spider-Man 3.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
The action starts with the opening scene so there's never a chance for it to slow down.
Cole Haddon - Orlando Weekly
as cool and varied as ever
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Ocean's 13 knows everybody loves to see the house lose, which is what makes watching the gang rig the casino to go bust so fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Ultimately, if you give yourself up to its manufactured charm, it all becomes comfortingly familiar.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The sleek script makes gleeful use of expository dialogue, building ludicrous situations and winding its way out again.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It took a really weak sequel to realize what a long shadow Ocean's Eleven cast, and it's still present here.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Like the first Ocean's, Ocean's Thirteen is a satisfying story of a grand-scale swindle, but it also retains the impishness and charm of Ocean's Twelve.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
...one of those bright, shiny things that delights us as if we were simple babies. If you don't believe me, watch how it will even make some women drool.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
pure entertainment, [as] bright and shiny as perfectly restored vintage neon
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Sometimes -- albeit not very often in the movie world -- three really is a charm. ... Soderbergh gets lucky and comes up with a real winner.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
an embarrassment of riches as A-List movie stars saunter through the film in elegant suits and a rapscallion wink.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Summer fun with a safety net.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Because Soderbergh keeps things so simple, stripped-down, and straight to the point, Ocean's Thirteen is the best Ocean's movie so far.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
You can beat the house and you can break the bank, but sequels always get long odds on defeating the law of diminishing returns -- yet Ocean's Thirteen just about pulls it off.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
Ocean's Thirteen is cool, hilarious and fun beyond all expectations. A fitting extension of the Ocean's gang story, and the perfect way to spend your movie-going evening, living life in the shoes of those smarter, wittier and way cooler than you.
Mark Bell - Film Threat
There's actually a coherent script, and there are some real laughs. Not big laughs, mind you, but a fairly steady stream of smiles and chuckles. And their newest caper is, as expected, fiendishly complex and outlandishly executed.
David Ansen - Newsweek
As ever the chemistry between the lads -- especially Clooney and Pitt -- keeps the rhythm snappy, and this time, the emphasis on friendship and loyalty makes them easy to root for.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Can audiences still be entertained by this baker's dozen beating unbeatable adversaries, breaking unbreakable safes, or crashing uncrashable security systems? I still am.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Bright and glitzy but ultimately ephemeral and rather silly, featherweight sleight-of-hand without much of a payoff.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This is more like it.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
Sure, it couldn't be much more self-indulgent, but the fun is infectious.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Personality is noticeably lacking in director Steven Soderbergh's cotton candy caper confection that should, but will not, end his superfluous "Ocean's" franchise.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Marks a return to form after the self-indulgent tomfoolery of its globe-hopping predecessor, even if the revenge heist scenario now feels very tired.
Allan Hunter - Screen International
This is Soderbergh's point: that fiendishly clever new gadgets can work with old-fashioned morals to brilliant effect. We forget that at our peril. This point alone is reason enough why Ocean's Thirteen is the best of Soderbergh's heists.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Ocean's Thirteen is pretty much a confection of silly gags, great visuals, male bonhomie and goofy comedic 'suspense.' And I'm not, per se, complaining.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
More than the previous segments, in this one, director Soderbergh and his writers adopt the prevalent paradigm of Howard Hawks, centering the saga on male camaraderie, cool professionalism, and above all group loyalty.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com