What is suprising about this film is the fact that it is low key and subtle. Life isn't always like 'Heat' for people who steal for a living, and this film conveys that brilliantly. It is tense and gripping, and for people with short attention spans, they will be bored. De Niro is powerhouse, and Brando very watchable (you can't turn away at times). Norton, too, holds his own, and the last twist is very nice indeed. Really worth seeing.
Time Out saysApparently Edward Norton says he did this movie for the poster - to see his name up there alongside Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. And who could blame him? But it's a safe bet that Brando and De Niro did it for the money. Here's the thing: De Niro and Brando built their greatness on terrific performances in demanding roles in powerful films. They took their profession to the limit. Evidently they burnt out. And then they sold out - settling for the lucrative complacency of movie stardom. This is a laborious piece of genre mechanics, a heist movie so standard some have persuaded themselves it's a welcome throwback to old-fashioned entertainment. De Niro is the master cracksman seduced into one last job by jackpot booty and the finagling of mentor Brando. Norton is the Young Turk manipulating everybody with his already overfamiliar schizo act. Bassett is the love interest. Everything here is predictable, lazy and old hat. Brando? De Niro? Norton? Boring, boring, boring.