Bait (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 was brought in after a bungled robbery of a seafood wholesaler. Jasper, who has a weak heart, suffers a heart attack in jail, and as he dies, he gives Alvin a message to pass along to his wife. Eager to track down Bristol, who still has the gold, Clenteen has Alvin secretly implanted with an experimental tracking device, and then lets him go free, while spreading the word on the street that Jasper told him where the gold was stashed shortly before his death. While Alvin makes an effort to start his life over and get a straight job, Clenteen and his staff are electronically following his every move, waiting for Bristol and his associates to track him down. Bait was directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose previous credit was the stylish crime thriller The Replacement Killers.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


Jamie Foxx
as Alvin Sanders
David Morse
as Edgar Clenteen
David Paymer
as Agent Wooly
Mike Epps
as Stevie Sanders
Kirk Acevedo
as Ramundo
Nestor Serrano
as Agent Boyle
Megan Dodds
as Agent Walsh
Neil Crone
as Supervisor
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
Bill Lynn
as Night Watchman
Glyn Thomas
as Chem-Tech Agent
Glynn Thomas
as Chem-Tech Agent
Don Allison
as Senator
Paul Miller
as Dr. Harris
Gouchy Boy
as Convict
Norman Spencer
as Bound Guard
Cle Bennet
as Convict
Shawn Lawrence
as Warden Clay
Lee Rumohr
as Bound Guard
Norm Spencer
as Bound Guard
Tom Cappadona
as Cab Driver
Jonathan Hadary
as Cafe Owner
Clé Bennett
as Convict
Stan Coles
as General
William Richards
as Helicopter Pilot
Larry Block
as Customer
Billy Otis
as Odd Inmate
John H.M. Berger
as Medical Examiner
Grouchy Boy
as Convict
Dylan Bierk
as Police Photographer
Bruce Beaton
as Agent With Coffee
Ron Kennell
as Mobile Agent
Ron Bell
as Trucker
Lorraine McNeil
as Woman Looking In Car...
Joanna Polley
as Rhonda Glimsher
Dave Tomassini
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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