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Parents' Guide to

Den of Thieves

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, overlong heist movie has iffy messages.

Movie R 2018 140 minutes
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Based on 6 parent reviews

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Awesomeness of a Movie

The ending will blow you away. Good story, the imperfections of the the Cops add a truthful dimension to the story. Superb casting as well. Kinda long though, but was worth it to me.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

In this long, dull, repetitive heist movie, the thieves are somewhat likable and the good guys are largely repulsive. And it doesn't even seem intentional; it's more like a wrongheaded attempt to be cool. Making his directorial debut, screenwriter Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen) serves up Butler as a creepy, disagreeable "good guy" who bullies people and questions suspects in hotel rooms filled with booze and strippers. At his worst, Big Nick harasses and intimidates his wife and her friends after she's filed divorce papers against him. Gudegast seems impressed by his character's irreverence, but it's really just distasteful.

On the other hand, Schreiber's Merrimen treats his men with tough love but nevertheless like a family, and he's clearly more sympathetic. In addition to failing to acknowledge this discrepancy, Gudegast drags Den of Thieves out to a soul-draining 140 minutes by repeating information again and again, in nearly every scene. He kills potential suspense with poor editing choices and opens and closes the movie with interminable shoot-outs in which plenty of men fire guns but few things actually seem to get shot. The heist itself has some good ideas, and there might have been a better, shorter movie within this behemoth. But ultimately, this Den of Thieves was robbed.

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