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Ocean's Eleven Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a scrumptious and dizzy-spirited lark, a what-the-hell-let's-rob-the-casino flick 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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Despite dashes of droll dialogue from screenwriter Ted Griffin, the remake aims for cool but instead gets chilly.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Serious pianists sometimes pound out a little honky-tonk, just for fun. That's like what Steven Soderbergh is doing in Ocean's Eleven.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Good, expensive, easygoing fun. It's no masterpiece, but why should Soderbergh -- or anybody -- get three in a row?

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Depends on comic timing so precise that it seems weightless and all but effortless. And it depends on performers, of course, who can do a comic turn just as readily as a deft writer can turn a phrase. In that department, Ocean's Eleven is at least 11 times blessed.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Fun heist movie for older kids and their families.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ocean's Eleven is a slick caper movie that keeps the audience rooting for appealing, clever con artists and thieves throughout. The fact that their target is a ruthless and violent business tycoon is meant to lessen the immorality and illegality of their adventure. There's lots of suspense, a few action-packed moments with some hard punches thrown, several explosions, a faked death, and two guards gassed into unconsciousness. No one is hurt or killed. Swearing is occasional, including "f-k," "s-t," "goddamn," "screwing," "hell." In one scene there is a mock racist argument during which characters call one another "cracker" and "colored." Sexuality is limited to one kiss as well as a few wide shots of strippers and a lap dance in an upscale nightclub. This film, a loose remake of the 1960 film of the saem name, starring Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack, spawned the sequels Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

  • Families can talk about why heist films are perennially popular. What is it that we enjoy so much about seeing a robbery? Is it the fantasy of instant millions? The fun of seeing how they solve the unsolvable logistical problems? Watching them respond on the spot to the unexpected?
  • How do the writer and director make us root for the crooks?
  • Which character did you like the most? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Basic premise is that a smart, attractive, "ethical," racially diverse team of swindlers and robbers are heroes while the villain, their mark, is a heartless corporate big shot. So good defeats evil -- but in a nontraditional way.

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    Role models: The romantic con artists are loyal, brave, smart, funny, and honorable toward one another. The diverse, colorful team of rogues includes: a Chinese gymnast, two lovable old stereotypical Jewish crooks, and two black criminals. The only substantial female player is the love interest of the gang's leader, Danny Ocean.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There's lots of suspense, much of it with a sense of comic irony, as the heroes try to pull off a remarkable robbery. Action includes some fist fights, a beating, chaos in a casino, two security guards being gassed into unconsciousness, and several explosions (two cars and several small rooms blow up). No one is injured or killed. In one scene, an elderly man seems to be having a heart attack or stroke, then appears to be dead (but not for long).

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    Sex: One romantic kiss; several distant shots of strippers, and one short lap dance. No nudity.

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    Language: Occasional swearing that includes two instances of "f-k" and other milder curse words: "goddamn," "no s-t," "screwing," "a--hole." In one scene two men pretend to insult each other with racial slurs: "goddamn cracker," "colored." One character makes an obscene gesture.

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    Consumerism: Las Vegas hotels abound: Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Resort. Other visuals: Trump Plaza, Ramlosa water, Budweiser, Michelob, Barnum's, and Macy's.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An elderly man chomps on a cigar in all of his scenes. A few scenes show men drinking in social settings: in a bar, a casino, a hotel room, at a gaming table, at dinner.