Oceans 11: Bob Marshak; Elvis: Doc Pele/Stills/Retna
Tom Sinclair
December 10, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ocean's 11 (Movie - 2001)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
114 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/07/01
performer
Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Elliott Gould, Topher Grace, Joshua Jackson, Edward Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner
director
Steven Soderbergh
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Ted Griffin
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

Ocean’s Eleven is a bit more problematic. The film itself is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack classic, but don’t expect to find Dean Martin crooning ”That’s Amore” here. The bulk of the music — composed by David Holmes (”Out of Sight”) — is instrumental, and tools along in funky blaxploitation mode (with occasional nods to early-’70s Miles Davis). It’s fine for what it is, but someone decided to spice things up with annoying snippets of film dialogue, which help to derail the flow. Percy Faith, Perry Como, Quincy Jones, and Elvis Presley are also represented here, but the disc ultimately feels schizy and unsatisfying. I guess one needs to see the film — which brings us back to that pesky synergy business.

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