This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
IMDb rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%
This docuseries follows investigators reviewing the 30-year-old cold case of two thieves stealing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum over St Patrick’s Day weekend in 1990.
The 13 stolen pieces have never been found.
Will anyone be able to recover the missing works? Identify the perpetrators behind the robbery? The men who allegedly carried out the heist were both killed after the robbery, indicating that some greater force of organised crime was behind the theft – but which one?
This four-part series has been described as one of the most satisfying true-crime documentaries of recent times, despite (or perhaps because of?) the fact that it has no resolution and offers no definitive answers. The New York Times writes, “The case remains unsolved, but the series explores various theories of the crime and the seedy vibes of the era in juicy and tricky ways.”
Variety says, “In all, this makes for a fascinating portrait of an incident that lives on in the memory of a city that has both high culture and organized crime encoded in its DNA.”
More true crime:
- Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
- The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
- I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs Michelle Carter
- Allen v Farrow
Once you’ve finished this series, check out American Animals, the feature film about another real-life art heist – though this time, the thieves were slightly less successful. It’s now streaming on Showmax.