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, Michael Gambon
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 37 out of 115 found boring (32.17%)

One-line Reviews (101)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

It simply lacks atmosphere and interesting characters, it's simply dull.

Its a waste of time.

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.

Slow Moving .

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.

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.

We never feel any true comradeship between this rag tag group of elderly criminals and long term friends/associates, there's no truly witty banter between a collection of so called comrades and to the films detriment, the actual heist these fellows pull-off is seemingly set-up to be a white knuckle sweat-inducing affair but it's a heist that comes and goes with very little pre-thought or after-thought meaning by the time all is said and done, all we are then left with is a rather boring thriller filled with a bunch of characters we care very little about.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Slow, dull, and very disappointing.

Story was disjointed and at times hard to follow, with little effort put into the actual robbery and the missing thief.

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

Boring .

Just boring .

This may be a "heist" movie, but it is very old school and more thriller drama than action packed (the opposite actually is the case).

Intriguing one .

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.

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

Everything about this direction feels a bit bland and cheap.

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.

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

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

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

Cinematically uninspiring.

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

This film has quite a slow pace and not an awful lot happens.

Just boring.

This is an enjoyable film.

But despite its flaws I really enjoyed it.

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.

"King Of Thieves" is a boring disappointment.

but entertaining .

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

Why would you make a heist movie so dull?

Really slow, boring, bad and disappointing.

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...

Too slow a pace.

Save your money.

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

no story to follow, awfuly slow and no character development.

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

Boring .

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

The characters are very engaging.

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

Save your money and give this a miss!

Slow and dud .

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

It's based on a true story and actually honors that, if you found this movie slow that's because if a robbery is done right the cops shouldn't be shooting at you.

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

I actually fell asleep briefly, halfway through.

Overall a tired, predictable and unoriginal crime film.

Death, slowness, repetition, boredom.

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

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

It's amiable enough, but not really comic, thrilling, shocking or strictly believable.

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

True to real life but slow because of that .

Mundane and unimpressive .

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

Not a classic, but an entertaining nostalgia-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.

And that is why I do understand if some people feel bored or as another reviewer put it "mundane and unimpressive".

The on again/off again participation of the principals also creates an element of confusion, at one time or another Brian Reader (Caine), Basil (Charlie Cox) and nervous Carl (Paul Whitehouse) are drummed out of the group only to wend their way back in as they plot against each other for a fair share of the take.

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.

If you feel the story line is bland, than that is perhaps a reflection on how you feel ordinary life really is.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Other than Ray Winstone and to a certain extent Michael Caine they all look a bit lost like they have no script or direction.

Very poor, slow and unnecessary .

This is not an action film adaptation, this is a crime film, which usually are slower and rely more on the story then the action.

Entertaining imperfectly .

It is excrutiatingly slow ...

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

Liked the flashbacks and enjoying elderly life But confusing settings

So boring that I was almost sleepy.

Slower than a snail and abusive like a criminal .

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.

Movie script was slow moving, also hard to keep up with British slang..

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!

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

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

King of bores .