By Mike D'Angelo
Updated April 30, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Thief

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  • Movie

The marketing folk are working overtime to sell this Russian Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee as a sort of Kolya II (”He’ll steal your heart!” chirps the box copy, though the title in no way refers to the big-eyed cherub on the cover), but heartwarming The Thief decidedly isn’t. On the contrary, it’s a punishingly dour tale of dreams dismantled as a 6-year-old boy discovers the dispiriting truth about the army deserter who’s dating his mom. Skillfully made, but monotonously glum. B-

The Thief

type
  • Movie
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mpaa
  • R

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