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Bait (2000)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 61

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

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 19

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 11,818

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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:
Adam Scheinman , Andrew Scheinman , Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 23, 2001
Box Office:
$14.9M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (61) | DVD (9)

Director Antoine Fuqua ... serves up every cliche in the book.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
CNN.com
Top Critic

Despite its genre trappings, Bait is an entertaining and occasionally clever picture with a crackling peformance by Jamie Foxx.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

This film wastes a lot of good actors.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Instead of a tiger in its tank, this vehicle for Foxx has a lot of formula.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's funny and clever, and it grows on you.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

includes all the key ingredients for what Hollywood passes off as an "urban comedy." ... The finale of "Bait" finds a screaming infant and his drugged mother strapped to a bomb -- funny stuff, huh?

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

To sum it up in critic-speak, Bait doesn't stink, but it's not very appetizing.

Full Review… | September 20, 2001
Movie Habit

...typifies the kind of action comedies Hollywood seems to produce by the dozens every year.

April 6, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The cliched story makes precious little sense.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie's so convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished.

January 1, 2000
New Times

A clever premise that's hampered by insufficient direction and an incoherent screenplay.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Citysearch

Unfortunately, Fuqua is more interested in pursuing eye candy than in directing his cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
theMet.net

Ultimately this Bait is, as its title gives away, just another decoy that'll take you away from more substantial fare in other waters.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Compuserve

Dripping with visual flair overkill.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
SPLICEDWire

At close to two hours, Bait is too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.

January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Folks will soon forget Bait, but Foxx should have a rewarding career ahead of him in better films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

The hackneyed script is filled with formulaic contrivances that continually strain credibility.

January 1, 2000
Gay Chicago Magazine

[Fuqua's] pacing is slack, so there's no suspense, and he can't get the story in gear because he gives important details and minor ones exactly the same weight.

January 1, 2000
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Just when Foxx's vector begins ascending, the rest of the film unfortunately banks over and starts a long slow dead-stick glide.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
culturevulture.net

Too much of a story that asks that the suspension of disbelief be stretched to uncomfortable lengths.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TheMovieReport.com

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.

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TheMachinist
Jani H

Super Reviewer

½

Crazy funny!

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iLeo
Leo L

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