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San Jose Mercury News:
The kind of movie that makes you wish you were having as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.
Detroit Free Press:
Admittedly, little of Ocean's Eleven is likely to hang around in your head past closing time. But that only gives you a good excuse to see it again.
There is considerable pleasure to be had watching a Hollywood formula crowd-pleaser, no matter how irreverent, that's been made with intelligence, wit and style.
Soderbergh's crisp, funny heist flick makes out like a bandit. George Clooney and Elliott Gould steal the show.
Dallas Morning News:
Vastly superior to the 1960 Rat Pack original, it boasts a well-structured, if engagingly improbable, story line and a glistening cast that performs with brio.
New York Times:
For those not so taken by the star power, this new Ocean's Eleven is the equivalent of a domineering team you can't stand that enters the Super Bowl. Even if you don't like the players, the odds are so good that it's tough to bet against them.
Despite a lot of snappy dialogue supplied by screenwriter Ted Griffin, Ocean's Eleven bogs down in technological minutiae, pointless set pieces that aren't very funny and by indulging the urge to constantly sell itself.
Need a good argument for remakes? Look no further than Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven.
Los Angeles Times:
A champagne bubble of a movie, lively, effervescent and diverting. If it bursts earlier than we'd like -- and it does -- that takes nothing away from the considerable pleasure it provides along the way.
The new Ocean's Eleven is altogether different -- it isn't content to let star power, shtick and easy camaraderie carry the day; it works for your money.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
The cinematic version of a Happy Meal -- tasty and filling, not particularly nutritious, but generally pleasing for all.
Made with so much wit and brains and dazzle and virtuosity that the sheer speed and cleverness of the caper hits you like a shot of pure oxygen.
Globe and Mail:
To be sure, Soderbergh has proved his entertaining point, and done the Rat Pack one better, converting a paltry failure into a paltry success. But just how cool is that?
New York Magazine/Vulture:
It can, at times, be forgettable in a fun way, especially when its funniest performers are caught in Soderbergh's spinning crosshairs.
New York Observer:
It's extremely confusing, but you quickly learn to ignore the details and just watch the glam cast have fun.
There's a world of difference between an accomplished popcorn movie like this one and one that's oversalted.
It didn't shake me up and I wasn't much involved, but I liked it as a five-finger exercise.
This wholly enjoyable entertainment sees Soderbergh setting himself a new challenge - the hi-tech robbery procedural - and relishing the cliches even as he freshens them with a dab of polish, wit, pace and a light touch of irony.
Despite dashes of droll dialogue from screenwriter Ted Griffin, the remake aims for cool but instead gets chilly.
A lark for everybody concerned, including the audience.