The Good Thief (2003) Nick Nolte is tailor-made to play a rumpled mess of a thief -- a heroin-addicted king of the French Riviera's criminal demimonde -- who's lured…
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The Good Thief (2003)

Nick Nolte, The Good Thief | STOLEN 'GOOD' Kukhianidze and Nolte in ''Thief''
Image credit: The Good Thief: David Appleby
STOLEN 'GOOD' Kukhianidze and Nolte in ''Thief''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 19, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 19, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Nick Nolte; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Nick Nolte is tailor-made to play a rumpled mess of a thief -- a heroin-addicted king of the French Riviera's criminal demimonde -- who's lured from retirement for one last job. The Good Thief director Neil Jordan creates a flashy but not-quite-there update of the 1955 gem ''Bob le Flambeur'' with a passel of likable characters, including a saucy 17-year-old prostitute-in-training (Nutsa Kukhianidze), devoted to their unreconstructed leader. The heist itself is almost beside the point -- which is a good thing, considering its logistics are near impossible to follow. EXTRAS A making-of featurette is no more than a long trailer, but Jordan's commentary is thoughtful, and deleted scenes involving heroin use are chilling.

Originally posted Aug 22, 2003 Published in issue #724-725 Aug 22, 2003 Order article reprints