|The Good Thief|
Original movie poster
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Produced by||Seaton McLean|
|Written by||Neil Jordan|
|Based on||Bob le flambeur|
by Jean-Pierre Melville
Auguste Le Breton
|Music by||Elliot Goldenthal|
|Edited by||Tony Lawson|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
The Good Thief is a 2002 British-French-Irish crime thriller film starring Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica and Nutsa Kukhianidze, and directed by Neil Jordan. It is a remake of the French film Bob le flambeur (1955) by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film, shot in both Monaco and Nice, France, follows a heroin-addicted retired thief through the setup and completion of one last job.
The film received mostly positive reviews. Critic Roger Ebert notes of Nolte: "it is clear that he was born to play Bob. It is one of those performances that flows unhindered from an actor's deepest instincts."
Reviewer Pam Grady, writing for Reel.com, also praised the film: "The Good Thief has many virtues, beginning with the sheer wit of Jordan's screenplay and Chris Menges's neon-saturated cinematography that renders Nice both beautiful and sinister, trapping the characters in the glare of its lights. The heist itself is a complicated affair — Jordan took Melville's original idea and added a distinctly 21st-century twist — and all the more satisfying for it."
The film holds a 77% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 146 reviews, and an average rating of 6.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".