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Bait (2000)

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

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

21

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

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

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 11,802

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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

Jan 23, 2001

$14.9M

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Despite its genre trappings, Bait is an entertaining and occasionally clever picture with a crackling peformance by Jamie Foxx.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This film wastes a lot of good actors.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Instead of a tiger in its tank, this vehicle for Foxx has a lot of formula.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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It's funny and clever, and it grows on you.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua.

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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?

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: theMet.net
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Dripping with visual flair overkill.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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.
January 6, 2009
TheMachinist

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Crazy funny!
December 23, 2007
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