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 RosenbaumFull Review
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 RainerFull Review
A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.
-Andrew SarrisFull Review
A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.
Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.
-Michael AtkinsonFull Review
... a real marvel of filmmaking.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
A pandering, debased, generic little nothing of a movie. And I'm still trying to figure out why I loved it so inordinately.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
Take this Job and floor it.
-Peter HowellFull Review
This is Wahlberg's third remake of a '60s film in three years, and it's time he left that poor decade alone.
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 LaSalleFull Review
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 BaltakeFull Review
In a business starved for original ideas, in a summer of sloppy remakes, The Italian Job sets a kind of benchmark for recycling.
Like the tiny cars it features, it's not particularly extravagant or terribly sophisticated. It is amusingly put together and a fun ride.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
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 OgleFull Review
This is the zippy remake that Ocean's Eleven wanted to be and wasn't quite.
-Rick GroenFull Review
It may not steal your heart, but you won't feel robbed.
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 KennedyFull Review
This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.
-Roger EbertFull Review
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 MorrisFull Review
Does exactly what it's supposed to, which is to make the heart beat slightly faster.
The talented cast and competent direction keep you rooting for these good thieves, even when common sense urges you to keep your cool.
-John MonaghanFull Review
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 MathewsFull Review
Small and steady, it wins the race with brains, not brawn.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
It cheerfully puts the escape back in escapism.
The Italian Job does a decent job of throwing in a little something for everyone while avoiding any truly serious moves.
A lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.
-Mike ClarkFull Review
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.
The film has plenty of giggles.
-Eric HarrisonFull Review
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 ThomasFull Review