Critics Consensus

Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile.



Total Count: 129


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Joe Moore has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore, his partner Bobby Blane and their utility man, Pinky Pincus, find themselves broke, betrayed and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do Bergman's one last big job. Will Bergman shop Moore to the police? Will Moore's wife trade him in for a younger model? Will Blane and Pincus cut their losses and get out? Who is to be believed, who is to be betrayed? Won't someone who's lied once lie again? Who's going to walk away smiling and who's not going to walk at all?

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Gene Hackman
as Joe Moore
Danny DeVito
as Bergman
Delroy Lindo
as Bobby Blane
Sam Rockwell
as Jimmy Silk
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Fran Moore
Ricky Jay
as Don `Pinky' Pincus
Patti LuPone
as Betty Croft
Alan Bilzerian
as Fast Food Customer
Robert Lussier
as Fast Food Cook
Mark Camacho
as Jewelry Store Guard
Jim Frangione
as D.A. Freccia
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Critic Reviews for Heist

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (44)

  • I couldn't believe any of it on any level, though it could be described as 'fun.'

    Nov 29, 2001 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.

    Nov 27, 2001
  • The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.

    Nov 24, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.

    Nov 16, 2001 | Full Review…
  • Mamet's cerebral thriller is a joy to watch -- this is easily the director's toughest, grittiest drama to date.

    Nov 12, 2001 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    Top Critic
  • A perfectly pleasurable ride.

    Nov 9, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heist

  • Sep 03, 2015
    Starts off alright, but honestly gets incredibly boring after a while, which for a suspense film is the kiss of death. Most of the characters are unremarkable and superfluous, and the story is clumsy to the point of confusion a lot of the time. As far as heist films go, this one isn't that great.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2011
    Good caper. I was surprised to see a much older Gene Hackman become such a powerful force. David Mamet's dialogue is in full gear as it was in his previous pictures and now he is ready to be a magician in "Heist". I like the way how the actually heist goes down and maybe thieves in real life can actually pull off such an almost impossible feet. The cast is really good and I got to somewhat feel a connection as if the characters have been together for quite some time. There is a few minor flaws and the tone of the picture does feel like watching a TV drama but "Heist" isn't boring, it's actually intelligent. I like that.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    Heist is a 2001 crime film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell.Joe Moore (Hackman) runs a ring of professional thieves, which includes Bobby Blane (Lindo), Don "Pinky" Pincus (Jay) and Joe's much younger wife Fran (Pidgeon). During a daylight robbery of a New York City jewelry store, Joe's face is captured by a security camera. As both the picture and a witness can identify him, Joe chooses to retire from crime and plans to disappear on his sailboat with his wife, living off their share of the heist.Very predictable and cliche this is just a mediane movie, despite the elegant production and cast.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2010
    Not bad to see Hackman in peak form. God, he can carry a flick. The ending is kinda bleh, but it's a fun watch. Mamet still knows how to write good dialogue, but Hackman and Lindo are the sole reasons for watching. They outperform everyone, including a young Rockwell.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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