Bait (2000)



Critic Consensus: Even though Jamie Foxx shines in Bait, the movie suffers from music video roots and a formulaic script that strains credibility.

Movie Info

In this action comedy, a crook trying to go straight finds himself lured back to crime by the police, without his even knowing it. When master criminals Jasper (Robert Pastorelli) and Bristol (Doug Hutchison) pull a heist that nets $40 million in gold but leaves behind several dead policemen, detective Edgar Clenteen (David Morse) pulls out all the stops to put the thief behind bars. Jasper is jailed and ends up sharing a cell with Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx), a habitual small-time criminal who … More

Rating: R (for language, violence and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Gilroy, Adam Scheinman, Andrew Scheinman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
Box Office: $14.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Alvin Sanders

as Edgar Clenteen

as Bristol

as Agent Wooly

as Stevie Sanders

as Ramundo

as Agent Boyle

as Agent Walsh

as Tika

as Supervisor

as Guard

as Helicopter Pilot

as Night Watchman

as Chem-Tech Agent

as Chem-Tech Agent

as Senator

as Dr. Harris

as Convict

as Bound Guard

as Convict

as Warden Clay

as Bound Guard

as Bound Guard

as Cab Driver

as Cafe Owner

as Convict

as General

as Helicopter Pilot

as Customer

as Odd Inmate

as Medical Examiner

as Convict

as Police Photographer

as Agent With Coffee

as Mobile Agent

as Trucker

as Woman Looking In Car...

as Rhonda Glimsher

as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27)

It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

If you want a conflicted movie that doesn't know what it is -- or just wish to kill a few hours -- this is for you. Otherwise, keep fishing and cut Bait.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Fuqua has enveloped the luckless Jamie Foxx ... in a stylishly inept mess of a movie; a film as badly flawed in concept as it is incoherent in execution.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua.

Full Review… | May 18, 2009

...a really good 80-minute action movie trapped inside an overblown two-hour suckfest.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Bait

"Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy"... That's how Flixster would categorize "Bait". Well, this film fits none of the previous mentioned genres. I would categorize it to the genre called 'crap'...

It's hard to imagine that the star of this film is Jamie Foxx, the Academy Award winning actor from "Ray". In this movie he's nothing but a obnoxious, little wanna be gangsta. The other cast members ain't doing a better job either...

The film is just a total waste of time and talent. David Morse, Antoine Fuqua... There's talent available but not in here.

Jani H

Super Reviewer


Crazy funny!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


Bait is goofy silly, but it's very well done and one of Jamie Foxx's best movies in my opinion. I laughed my but off. If you liked movies like Held Up and Any Given Sunday... then this is right up your alley. It's classic goofy humor combined with a courageous love story. Everyone did an excellent job!

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