Ocean's Eleven 2001

Critics score:
82 / 100

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Bruce Newman, 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. Read more

Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: [A] triumph of style and story... Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: Soderbergh's crisp, funny heist flick makes out like a bandit. George Clooney and Elliott Gould steal the show. Read more

Philip Wuntch, 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. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Good, expensive, easygoing fun. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, 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. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: 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. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Need a good argument for remakes? Look no further than Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: One of those sit-back, relax and enjoy-it movies. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: 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. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: The cinematic version of a Happy Meal -- tasty and filling, not particularly nutritious, but generally pleasing for all. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: I think it's time for Soderbergh to be leaving Las Vegas. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Rick Groen, 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? Read more

Peter Rainer, 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: It's extremely confusing, but you quickly learn to ignore the details and just watch the glam cast have fun. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: There's a world of difference between an accomplished popcorn movie like this one and one that's oversalted. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It didn't shake me up and I wasn't much involved, but I liked it as a five-finger exercise. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Buzzes along at a mildly entertaining pitch from start to finish. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: 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. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Despite dashes of droll dialogue from screenwriter Ted Griffin, the remake aims for cool but instead gets chilly. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: A lark for everybody concerned, including the audience. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Jazzy and insouciant, if not quite what Frank would have called classy. Read more