King of Thieves (2018) - Crime, Drama

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A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: James Marsh
Stars: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 27 out of 90 found boring (30%)

One-line Reviews (78)

Boring .

Caine portrays a man who is left alone and very sad when his lifelong partner passes away and you feel his loneliness in the scenes in his large and empty house.

This movie is simply about as boring a robbery film as I have ever seen.

At start it was interesting but gradually it became too much boring.

It's this segment of the film that picks up the pace and provides the most suspenseful, engaging and even surprising sequences that any version of this specific story has ever conjured up.

True to real life but slow because of that .

Great (senior) actors, but they cant make up for a bland direction.

This is an enjoyable film.

King of bores .

The cast do their very best with an underdeveloped script that badly needed a polish but the film feels messy, especially in the second half when the backstabbing and confusion arrives.

Too slow a pace.

In the end it feels like they wanted an action flick but it was too slow for that, or wanted a character piece and is poorly directed/edited for that purpose.

Of course it´s a bit slow and under cooled but I found it an entertaining movie.

The gang-dynamics, based on the reality, are fascinating, particularly between Terry Perkins and Brian Reeder.

Slower than a snail and abusive like a criminal .

It will be enormously entertaining and viewers will be thrilled to see that the main characters are still active and making movies.

Those saying it was slow are missing the point - it was slow because the players were slow and in their dotage.

For those who say this movie is slow and low budget: what did you expect?

I have to wonder if the true story is as boring as the story on film?

Really slow, boring, bad and disappointing.

Entertaining imperfectly .

Save your money unless you want to watch a film with the most swearing in the shortest space of time.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, the story is intriguing, the acting is first rate, plus it contains some very humorous moments.

The aftermath of the robbery is as entertaining as the robbery itself.

This movie is too slow a pace, not suspenseful at all.

The legendary cast of "King Of Thieves" even look bored throughout.

How do you have all those people, a good budget, good production design, and make it so slow?

With the cast they got together and the true story it is based on this should have been a winner, sadly I don't think it was, poorly written and a bit dull to be honest, caine, Broadbent and company do their best but even they look a bit bored with the whole thing, could've been so good

This is mainly by way of some compelling, 'what you came for' performances and a distinct, if fleeting, visual style that makes use of the occasional bit of fast editing and some well-chosen, though sometimes jarring, archive footage.

Why subtract from that glorious period by making this sort of bland rehashed material?

Slow and dud .

It stands to reason that a film about a group of older crooks, used to a more leisurely, old fashioned sort of crime, would move at a pace more in line with the characters it portrays, but all the same, sometimes Marsh allows the pace to slow down a little too much, and the film becomes a little dull.

Don't listen to the wannabe critics, this film is plain fun and entertaining!

Everything about the movie seemed contrived - the attempt to provide a "hip" soundtracks, hyper editing ala Snatch to liven up the action, and others.

Cinematically uninspiring.

Death, slowness, repetition, boredom.

I'm still baffled how anyone can take a true story, gather a list of very talented actors, and then come up with such slow, dull and disappointing film.

It is intriguing seeing them plot the robbery and along the way we see snippets of each character (well actor) in their youth using snaps of them from films they were in many years earlier.

Very poor, slow and unnecessary .

there are phases of the film that are top notch,so are some of the dialouges here and there, but all in all it is a slow kinda heist,my nursing care home patients could easily have done some of the stuff,and the age is more or less same,so its a very kindly sort of 7 i give.

Everything about this direction feels a bit bland and cheap.

Mundane and unimpressive .

Boring .

Slow, dull, and very disappointing.

Not a classic, but an entertaining nostalgia-fest .

The story slows down after the theft but it is still engaging.

A streamlined more balanced script would have helped properly utilise the quality actors they cast, cutting down on excessive and unnecessary profanities would have helped too and maybe a greater sense of fun rather than the mundane direction.

Why would you make a heist movie so dull?

The only really exciting bit is the heist and even that has its low points.

So boring that I was almost sleepy.

"King Of Thieves" is a boring disappointment.

Slow, boring and so much swearing that the swearing became boring.

And like most old people, this was slow and boring.

It's really hard to make a heist movie boring.

Perhaps it's down to the casting of so many recognisable 'national treasures' in Marsh's film, but there's definitely a generous sense of empathy that's generated towards this 'loveable' gang of rogues as they go about their business with their collective carefree, bordering on languid approach to the task.

It is excrutiatingly slow ...

Save your money.

It is kinda funny sometimes, but that wont save this picture from being tedious.

The film is under two hours and I felt like I was watching a three hour bore fest.

The pace is so slow, no dramatic cliffhanger, I do not want to spend more time writing a review because honestly it is not even worth it.

The whole storyline feels so washed up and the way the movie progresses makes it so dull that you will find people yawning by the end of the movie.

The only thing I can conclude is that it must be so easy and dull to rob Hatton Garden that it's hard to make an exciting movie out of it...

Liked the flashbacks and enjoying elderly life But confusing settings

So slow it could have been an advertisement for Geritol definitely disappointing not worth watching

For a start, the film is unbelievably dull and very slow paced.

The cast is too good, with loads of trates from each other and some might be quite unpredictable.

Save your money and give this a miss!

Overall a tired, predictable and unoriginal crime film.

Fun to see Michael Caine and other senior English actors acting again in a movie, but they all have just has gotten a bit too old to make a riveting or even funny bankheist movie.

The set up in the first act is somewhat promising but the bloodless performances of the actors and the weirdly uneven tone, which seems to go back and forth between a dark representation of criminals turning on one another and a weak imitation of a fast paced Soderberg film, produce a disappointing result.

I actually fell asleep briefly, halfway through.

Despite this excellent a priori, the global result is bland, dull and devoid of passion.

it begins very bland, and just got worse from there.

At times, it's as if Marsh senses how slow and doddery it might be coming off to a more modern audience, and tries to get the cast whose CV highlights how familiar they all are at playing cold, calculating villains (no one could forget Caine as Carter!

I'm stunned to read people find this slow, it's hardly designed as an action packed thriller.

The heist itself was ho hum and how it fell apart a dull comedy.

Other than that, this is a total waste of time and a talented cast.

That film was snappy, fast and tense plus it had to deal with its 1970s period setting in keeping with the real incident it portrays.