'Bandits' Critic Reviews

86%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
65%
Rotten Tomatoes:   154 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    A comedy that might have made Butch and Sundance jump off a cliff.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Bandits is guilty of behaving like a petty thievery corporation; it steals from so many other sources that we're forced to realize that it has little of its own to offer.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    Like the public that can't get enough of the bandits' antics, one can't help but root for this pleasantly escapist movie.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    80
    It's just about impossible not to fall for the ingratiating trio, especially Thornton's Terry.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    80
    Almost every scene has something to chuckle over.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    Bandits is inescapably lite, lite, lite, unfolding on the level of a factory product, not a human experience.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Dennis Lim Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Neither sardonic nor slapstick enough.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    An occasionally hilarious movie that works (to the extent it does work) despite the director's best efforts to muck it up.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    Bandits unleashes its laughs in an easy, unforced tone; this isn't a dark comedy so much as a comedy that consistently chuckles at its dark potential.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    When actors, a director and a screenwriter all love the characters they've created, their glee can be infectious.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    I like movies that don't settle into a groove, especially if the groove is already well worn. But the different kinds of movies that make up Bandits are pretty worn, too.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    So determined to be clever and whimsical that it neglects to be anything else.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A slickly produced, verbally nimble comic thriller.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Billy Bob Thornton, wearing a succession of toupees, wigs, fake facial hair, and funny hats, and twitching more than a horse's behind, is the best reason to see Bandits.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Thornton and Willis save the day with their performances.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Too bad we're ready for the film's final pay-off 20 minutes before it comes. Less is more in comedy and a bit less would have made Bandits more successful. As it is, both the performers and the audience end up robbed by excess.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    Plenty of great one-liners.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    Bandits is a more nuanced film than the goofy previews make it out to be. It's funnier, for one thing, and more lyrical.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    The movie has a one-take feel about it, containing vast stretches where nothing much happens. The cinematography looks amateurish, often badly composed and poorly lit.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Connects often enough for serviceable value-for-dollar entertainment.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Charles Taylor Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Flat and charmless.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    Levinson must think he's on safe ground morally by keeping Bandits bloodless, as if the absence of carnage somehow makes kidnapping and armed robbery wholesome.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Bandits may be somewhat offbeat, but that hardly makes it worthwhile.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
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