Glib, violently unreal, and gone in 60 seconds.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Memories of the 1960s caper classic are obliterated by this pointless remake, which uncomprehendingly salvages a few elements from the original, while behaving as if no one involved cared or liked it much anyway.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
A lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.
Mike Clark - USA Today
It cheerfully puts the escape back in escapism.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Does exactly what it's supposed to, which is to make the heart beat slightly faster.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
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.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The film has plenty of giggles.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Good, crisp fun.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This movie has more personality and humor than most films of its recent type.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The Italian Job zooms along with confidence, smarts, and some of the coolest car chases this side of the Indy 500.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Smart, quick-paced and entertaining.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It may not steal your heart, but you won't feel robbed.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Wahlberg is largely forgettable, and his would-be romance with Theron is sparkless and perfunctory.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
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.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Watching The Italian Job in a theater makes you long for a fast-forward button -- to skip past 90 eyeball-glazing minutes of generic caper plotting and cut to the chase, as it were.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
In a business starved for original ideas, in a summer of sloppy remakes, The Italian Job sets a kind of benchmark for recycling.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Take this Job and floor it.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
This is the zippy remake that Ocean's Eleven wanted to be and wasn't quite.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Small and steady, it wins the race with brains, not brawn.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately.
David Edelstein - Slate
The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Even if there's little question that the good thieves will triumph, the film generates a good share of tension.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Exciting heist film for teens and their families.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
It is in Gray's spirited execution that such by-the-book formula makes for a brisk, slick entertainment hits the summer movie spot.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
This is one of those popcorn action flicks that will leave a smile on your face from beginning to end.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The Italian Job turns out well, a fast and entertaining caper designed to give you a couple of fun hours.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Gary Gray's version is tauter, better made but insufficiently idiosyncratic to attract a cult following.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Gray adds some zip to this remake of the 1969 Michael Caine caper flick, but despite two clever action sequences and some uncharacteristically tight performances from his cast (most notably Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg), the con remains the same.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A passable time-waster ... directed with some grace and snap.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Heist movies seem pretty quaint and analog in our era where high stakes crime is primarily electronic in nature. But until someone can make embezzlement cinematically interesting, we're left with theft and this movie just gets away with it.
Robert Learner - Film Threat
James Verniere - Boston Herald
F. Gary Gray has crafted a fun summer film packed with action, comedy, and a talented ensemble cast.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Gray does a solid enough job behind the camera, although it's clear he feels more at home directing the action sequences than the quieter moments.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Surprisingly gratifying ... In a summer full of computer-generated, nu-metal-accompanied kicks to the midsection, this may be the closest you'll get to drawing room grace.
Andrew Wright - Portland Mercury
Cette production estivale est divertissante l'espace d'un instant si l'on ne cherche pas a en trouver les moindres defauts.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
This is escapist fare that doesn't pretend to be Shakespeare. For what it purports to be, I found it entertaining.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A light caper movie, with heavy emphasis on the word 'light' -- light plot, light action, light violence, light sex, light humor, light acting.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
It is neither good nor bad, engaging nor boring, sexy nor pedestrian.
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
... workmanlike heist flick with some funny lines and some good (if brief) chases ...
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
The Italian Job might have been an enjoyable ride if it had even an ounce of creative intelligence.
Josh Gilchrist - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Uma Saida de Mestre faz jus ao original - principalmente por nao limitar-se a copia-lo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
This is a good ole heist film and worth the price of admission.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Go in expecting nothing and you'll end up with more than Caine and his onscreen crew did 34 years ago.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Wahlberg once again demonstrates his unique ability to suck the colour out of a character like some bloated charisma mosquito."
Paul Arendt - Teletext
Peter Collinson's The Italian Job (1969) is not a great film -- it's an average film with a great finale. Oh, and another thing: F Gary Gray's remake blows the bloody doors off it.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
A remarkably average heist flick that's entertaining, but completely devoid of surprises and major thrills.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
The caper movie may be tired, as is Hollywood itself - hence its passion for retro. But this one, happily, is not so much remake as refreshment.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Adnum - FILMINK (Australia)
It has little to do with the original film but it's stylishly directed and has an infectious sense of fun.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Unlike the original, this Mini adventure lacks a single defining moment. But, as Michael Caine remakes go, it's way better than Get Carter.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
Sure you've seen this movie before. Heck, 14 times probably in the last year, but it gets the escapist, time-wasting job done.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Safes drop through floors, sinkholes magically appear in downtown LA, and there's an enthralling chase through the waterways of Venice: it all makes for a pleasing, if preposterous, spectacle.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job isn't Art, but it is rather Cool.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
'smart, sophisticated, funny, and completely entertaining'
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It does exactly what we expect it to do very well, charming us with style, wit, and the simple boldness of real-life car chases.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Given the unenthusiastic and uninspired script, the cardboard cutout characters, and the humdrum chase sequences, I can only assume that this was a 90 minute palette for [Mini-Cooper] product placement, rather than an actual film.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Despite leaving out the charm and cheekiness of the earlier film, this is an efficient and enjoyable romp.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A competent enough feature with cool cars and a bass-heavy soundtrack but with its simplistic characters and mediocre plot, customized wheels and techno riffs just aren't enough.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Slick and efficient, with little if any narrative flab.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
Although some will predictably succumb to Gray's overly kinetic and slick-looking heist caper, this stylized action-packed robbers flick fails to steal anything worth value within this repetitive genre.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
In this mega-boys' movie, Theron makes Stella sharper and more complicated than any of them.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
For a thrilling piece of mouth-breathing summer entertainment, this is one of the better rides you will find.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Energetic and lean, beautifully shot and well-acted, "The Italian Job" is a caper whose hip style is generated almost entirely from within.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Solid direction by F. Gary Gray, a scintillating cast of supporting players and plenty of screen time for everyone's favorite little engine that could -- the MINI Cooper -- all push The Italian Job above and beyond typical remake requirements.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The Italian Job" is a slick well-done smart remake and well worth your time to see.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A slickly-made tongue-in-cheek heist movie with a marvelous cast and nifty stunts.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
About as unremarkable as a big budget special effects and car chase-filled movie can be.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A superior entry in the exhausting oeuvre of genre classics given a slick spit-and-polish for the next generation (think 'Ocean's Eleven') - if that's your bag, shift your brain into first (but not neutral) and enjoy.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Every once in a while, a film comes along that is just so much pure fun that I kind of hate to see it end. This is one of them.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
When an armored truck vanishes on Hollywood Boulevard, it's a nifty metaphor for the way this relatively unheralded flick is likely to steal millions in box-office gold from under the noses of such glamorous competitors as 'X2' and 'Matrix'...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
. . . a film designed for dispassionate enjoyment, a summer distraction that doesn't quite leave you feeling like you were thieved of your nine bucks but also feels like a shallow return on your investment.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
... a real marvel of filmmaking.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Even adults need a good car chase every now and then, a service this well-made piece of popcorn fluff is more than happy to provide.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The genre and the premise and the template are the true stars of this film. And none of them lets us down.
Scott Feschuk - National Post
Sure, some people are in it for the money. We're here for the fun! Go, watch The Italian Job, and on the way home pick up a six-pack of MINI Coopers. They'll fit in the closet
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Let us now ponder the allure of the star of this movie: The new Mini Cooper.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Director F. Gary Gray delivers a thoroughly enjoyable movie with engaging characters and fast-paced action sequences involving almost every form of transportation possible.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
No one here manages the pure Carnaby Street cool of young Michael Caine ... but Gray and his cast are having such fun that it's hard to fault them for it.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It intends to be a good-looking, high-energy, kinda-quirky thrill ride. It does not aspire to be anything else, and it isn't.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
A stylish but bland thriller with the feel of a grimly efficient machine for delivering product placements.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A few of the parts may be lacking, but their sum equals an enjoyable caper film that will have you uttering "Nice!," "Sweet!," and "Damn!" and laughing loudly throughout.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Fun, brainless, summer-popcorn, car commercial.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Perfunctorily satisfying... Enjoyable to watch, but not especially compelling.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Out of all the movies I've seen this year so far, The Italian Job was definitely the most fun and entertaining.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The best remake since The Thomas Crown Affair got a delicious new lease on life.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The Italian Job does a decent job of throwing in a little something for everyone while avoiding any truly serious moves.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Less than riveting.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
An old-school respite from the season's near-endless parade of Internet warriors and comic book heroes.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A fun ride!
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Any film that wastes Edward Norton while boring us with Mark Wahlberg has its priorities all messed up.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Heist - great dialogue + The Fast and the Furious - charismatic lead + Ocean's 11 - A-list cast + cool Mini cars = Italian Job
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Like Charlie, The Italian Job is appealing because it's so cool, confident and a bit cocky.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
I just wish the movie hadn't kept getting in the way of watching the cars.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
I know that a life of crime is bad and a Mini Cooper somewhat impractical, but after The Italian Job I wanted to indulge in both, very badly.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The talented cast and competent direction keep you rooting for these good thieves, even when common sense urges you to keep your cool.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
A likable movie that is one lead actor away from being lots of fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This isn't exactly brainy material, but it's perfect escapist filmgoing
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Crisp, uncluttered and wildly playful.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This is pure entertainment but smart entertainment, plotted and executed with invention and humor and acted by a winning cast radiating good-movie energy.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The biggest joys come from the supporting characters who look to have been picked up from a more original movie.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The Italian Job is the movie equivalent to a big beach novel: It's light, it's entertaining, it will keep your attention and it's no big strain on the brain.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
This version moves like a freight train, but suffers from a debilitating charm deficit.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Filled with easy-to-like characters, innovative action sequences and a story rife with momentum, the movie is as endearingly zippy as the BMW MINIs the heroes use to pull off their scam.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Above all, The Italian Job is a feature-length commercial for the Mini Cooper.
Scott Warren - Premiere Magazine
may be one of the better action films out this summer
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It may not be as cool as it was in the '60s with Michael Caine, but it's oddly pleasant.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
It's lacking the sense of whimsy that was so plentiful in the 1969 original. Still, it is a little bit fun, and it moves quickly enough that the huge plot holes and missing transition scenes are not as glaring as they might otherwise be.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A crime caper that not only repeats history -- it's based on a 1969 British film starring Michael Caine -- but repeats itself when it runs out of ideas.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
It took me 30 years to forget the first Italian Job but only about 30 minutes for the new one to fade from memory. But it's fun while it lasts.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
...probably the most lavish car commercial you'll ever pay to see.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Like the tiny cars it features, it's not particularly extravagant or terribly sophisticated. It is amusingly put together and a fun ride.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Get out and see this!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
What sets The Italian Job apart -- or at least makes it a successful effort -- is a sense of uncertainty during the film's splendidly crafted bookend robbery sequences.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Less remake than resurrection.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
The appeal of The Italian Job turns out to be more conceptual than actual.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This is Wahlberg's third remake of a '60s film in three years, and it's time he left that poor decade alone.
Erik Lundegaard - Seattle Times
it has enough panache and charm to make it an enjoyable genre film.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I actually wrote this script in college but my roommate swiped it while I was taking a nap - no, no that was something else. This is not quite as glittering as the gold they steal but it is entertaining.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
A heist movie which can't seem to translate forward momentum into traction.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Get in the car: This movie is worth the drive.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
A heist flick as straightforward as they get, and about as entertaining.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The film goes exactly where you expect it to go without offering much in the way of surprises and I still smiled from credit-to-credit.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Norton is canny enough to know that a bit of ham and cheese is exactly what's called for in a movie in which the automobiles are the big stars.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Paramount's new version boasts no such cultural resonance, but it's far more enjoyable than, say, X2 or The Matrix Reloaded.
John Powers - L.A. Weekly
The film is certainly easy enough to watch, as are many heist films, and you probably won't feel shortchanged after watching the new The Italian Job.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The Minis rule the road for 14 minutes in The Italian Job, and not a second of it is anything but screeching fun.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Formulaic, forgettable remake whose resemblance to a video-game is surely not coincidental. Edward Norton, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron deliver the most bland, nondescript, uninteresting performance of their careers. You've seen it all in the trailer
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
...a lot like the Mini Coopers it features -- slight but sleek.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Crafty and cracking with terrific tension...The intricacies and unforeseen snags of the plot are at least as exciting as the car chases.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Holds its own with a new and more complicated plot line than the original 1969 version.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The movie fails to understand the key ingredients of a great heist.
Stephen Humphries - Christian Science Monitor
The film, almost certainly unintentionally, comments upon itself as the rough imitation of life: looking good, but undead all the same.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Having proved he was no Cary Grant in The Truth About Charlie, Mark Wahlberg now demonstrates that he's also no Michael Caine (not that I think anyone has been devoting a lot of time to wondering about that).
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
As far as outrageous heist flicks go, The Italian Job is a job well done.
Dean Essner - E! Online
OK, so maybe it doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1969 Michael Caine film - but there's a wide array of quality in between "pretty good" and "adored classic".
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Memo to the studio honcho holding remake rights to Easy Rider: Don't take any calls from Mark Wahlberg.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Still, when it's working, the current film is as sweet as a plate of cannoli.
Dan Lybarger - Lybarger Links
The Italian Job gets the job done, but that's about it.
Dean Essner - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A 'robbers and robbers' film that fails to distinguish itself from any of the others.
Kevin John Bozelka - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The new version has no higher goals than to provide a fun, lightweight crime caper like they used to make before Kaiser Soze started everyone brooding.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Screenwriting couple Donna and Wayne Powers have managed to downgrade what was only a half-decent 1969 crime flick to begin with.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
The clever opening and rousing finish will stay with you long after the memory of Norton's tonsorial folly fades.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
If your credibility standards aren't too high, the movie makes for mindless fun.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The new Italian Job takes a rollicking caper comedy and turns it into another dull thriller.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Clever, in a rather implausible sort of way, this unevenly constructed picture is still entertaining.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Like Norton's unbelievably dull villain, the film has about as much imagination as a Mini has trunk space.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It tries so hard to make its antiheroes genuinely nice, it overlooks the genre's central allure.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
This breezy B-movie is diverting and fun as you watch the gang overcome all the obstacles placed in their path. It's an easily digestible outing.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A pretty good car commercial, but not much of a movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Gets the audience into the sensational if superficial story and lets Wahlberg get even with naysayers who predicted he'd never work again after The Truth About Charlie.
Spyder Darling - NY Rock
...shamelessly prefabricated and so thoroughly lacking in any flavor or nutritional value, it's sort of like a McDonald's cheeseburger, only with car chases.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
While very "okay" as an exercise in style and precision, The Italian Job lacks the needed heat and excitement that make most heist caper flicks work.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
There may not be many 'wow' moments in it, but the movie rarely flags and consistently delights.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
To be honest, there are moments when logic and reason take a holiday here.
Dean Essner - Film4
If there has to be more heist pictures in Hollywood, The Italian Job...gets the formula right. Straight-forward, fast-paced, and very hip, the movie goes down with ease as an early summer diversion.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A fun summer romp with engaging performances, a few clever twists and hardly a dull moment.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
[Seth]Green all but steals the movie as the hopeless nerd whose reach for hipness greatly exceeds his innate grasp of cool
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A thrill movie with its own brand of action dynamics and caper constructs which, at its best, creates some heart-thumping pursuits through earthbound space.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Feels more like an exercise. Or as the title suggests, a job.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
It's slick, quick, high-spirited, light on its feet, cool-headed and smooth.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A suspenseful caper movie fueled as much by the charm of its leads as by the vehicles in the many chases.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
You know why he's called Wahlberg? Because his range falls somewhere between a wall and an iceberg.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
This is an extremely exciting film that doesn't slow down one bit to let you breathe.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Fun, though the audience can guess where it is going, it's still nice to be along for the ride.
Marie Asner - Phantom Tollbooth