“Watch This Movie NOW!”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Like Get Shorty, Out of Sight has been adapted with deftness and fidelity by Scott Frank, who knows exactly how to translate Leonard's narrative voice to the screen.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
- USA Today
Steven Soderbergh's best film since Sex, Lies and Videotape a decade ago.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Some reviewers have applauded Out of Sight for its nuances of character, but I and others don't see any characters at all.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
From the first shot to the last, Mr. Clooney is in complete command of the screen in the assured manner of the biggest stars in the past, and he doesn't need a ton of special effects and digital enhancement to generate excitement.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Steven Soderbergh's most ambitious and most accomplished work to date.
Emanuel Levy - Variety
Out of Sight isn't just a rousing piece of entertainment, it's also a cinematic salvage operation.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Soderbergh takes real delight in giving his stars the star treatment.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
It's refreshing to find a picture like Out of Sight, which is not only smart, but a great deal of fun, as well.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
As always with the best of Leonard, it's the journey, not the destination, that counts, and director Soderbergh has let it unfold with dry wit and great skill.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Clooney and Lopez sizzle in gun-happy heist flick.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
The audience was wrong -- Out Of Sight is wonderful.
Faintly melancholy and alluringly fatalistic, this mercurial romance passing as a crime thriller is slyly entertaining and darkly sexy.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Soderbergh finds the perfect equilibrium between mainstream entertainment and arty panache, lacing this heist movie/romantic comedy with character-motivated time shifting, prominent freeze-frames, a funky soundtrack and an all-around hip vibe.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
An outstanding crime film from director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Frank, who adapted Elmore Leonard's novel.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A splendid reminder of just how assured, intelligent and involving Soderbergh's movies can be.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Un divertissement aussi cool et intelligent qu'un Ocean's Eleven qui s'affiche sous un enrobage esthtique aussi solidement labor que celui de l'excellent The Limey.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Intelligent and intriguing.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's best to think of this as a Pulp Fiction-lite clone, but a darn good clone.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Soderbergh and his longtime cinematographer Elliot Davis have given us an action film that looks as sleek and moody as Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Out of Sight is best at electric scenes between its romantic leads. Clooney and Lopez have the kind of chemistry that classics are made of.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A surprisingly good film that won't stay out of viewers' minds.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...entertaining enough while you're watching it, but instantly forgettable.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's amusing, entertaining and intriguing, even though the second half is shaky, as the film makes a seemingly uncomfortable transition into more serious material.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
This one came out of left field and knocked my socks off.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The film owes a lot of its style to those produced by Quentin Tarantino, focusing heavily on characterization and quirky cinematography and not just pounding out a linear storyline.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
A pleasurable and genial jewel-heist tale that itself is just shy of being a real gem.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
George Clooney has finally made a GOOD movie.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Sexy, funny crime-thriller has it all.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Director Steven Soderbergh gleefully lobs curves right up to the end of this sly, sleek crime thriller.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
This great cast, Soderbergh's dynamic direction and Leonard's signature style make this one raw, fun and smart caper.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Clooney and Lopez are so laid back, they anesthetize the proceedings.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Out of Sight may go down in the annals of film as the movie in which George Clooney learned to keep his head still -- and became a leading man.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Out of Sight is a good-looking, inventively filmed movie. It also teems with terrific supporting performances.
Cathy Thompson-Georges - Boxoffice Magazine
As coy and unsettling in its violence as in its sex -- the carnage is abrupt, ugly, and very funny -- Out of Sight keeps facile formula out of mind.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
This zany screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel perfectly catches its funky portrait of idiosyncratic characters dealing with the craziness of human desire.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
With Out of Sight, Steven Soderbergh returns to cracking form with a sharp, funny, classy movie that leaves a wry grin on your face long after the credits roll.
Denise MacLaughlin - BBC
Represents a piece of great moviemaking from a pulpish story that could have easily been obnoxious or unbelievable or both.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Another of those stunningly well-written movies based on books by the very productive Elmore Leonard.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Unlike Tarantino's plodding Jackie Brown, this blackly comic and sexy thriller does its source material, yet another Elmore Leonard novel, justice.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
With a savory score by Cliff Martinez complementing its every move, 'Sight' serves up a cornucopia of great moments, lines and performances.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
It is one of the first films to build successfully upon Pulp Fiction's legacy.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
All in all, this movie is a step or two above average. The writing, chemistry, editing, and momentum probably made up for any deficiencies.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
While Out of Sight boasts a terrific cast, the spotlight rarely moves far from George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, who deliver knockout performances.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
It does not push the outside of the envelope, but it gets its job done.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's amazing that a film based on one of his novels has realized how to appropriately connect two characters emotionally with their audience.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Clooney and Lopez work well together...
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
All the fancy footwork serves to bog down the movie.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Has a cornucopia of corny characters.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Loads of fun.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
In a summer filled with mega-hyped disappointments, Out of Sight proves the undeniable value of story, characterization, and -- most of all -- intelligence.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
One of the more self-assuredly casual Hollywood films to come around in quite awhile.
David Luty - Film Journal International
It's all the little asides, the little throwaways, the unexpected small things that make this a delightful encounter.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's gritty enough to stay true to the source material's comedy-of-despair ethos, yet solid enough to pack a punch, and in doing so it makes for one of the better heist movies in some time.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
With smart dialogue, good characters, and an excellent cast, Out of Sight easily smoothes over the rough spots in the plot and delivers on both the action and romantic fronts.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Out of Sight is nothing less than pure dynamite!
- E! Online
George Clooney takes the gruff, devil-may-care attitude of a Humphrey Bogart and blends it with the sexy charm of a Cary Grant to make Out of Sight the TV star's most successful big-screen venture to date.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The impossibly glamorous and charismatic pair of Clooney and Lopez absolutely sizzle from their first moment together.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Complementing films from Bonnie and Clyde to Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight delivers original material in a stylish manner.
Elspeth Haughton - Apollo Guide
Great crime picture, with interesting performances, unique style and an intertwining, captivating plot.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Jeffrey Lyons - Lyons Den
For George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, Out of Sight stands as their best work.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Soderbergh plays it a little too cool, not allowing the story's ironic and comedic rim shots to resonate.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
This movie is so much better than most of the junk 1998 vomited upon us, that it's hard to believe it was puked out of the same year.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Soderbergh knows how to take the everyday crime thriller and make it sing.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
[It] forced me to revise upward slightly my middling opinion of George Clooney. Pair him with Jennifer Lopez again, and I'll be real happy.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This is pure pulp pleasure, the cinematic equivalent of great beach reading... and what better way is there to describe the work of Elmore Leonard?
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Solidly directed by Soderbergh, with strong performances for the two principals as well as nice supporting turns from Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle and Steve Zahn.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com