Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua.
| Original Score: C-
...a really good 80-minute action movie trapped inside an overblown two-hour suckfest.
| Original Score: 2/4
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?
To sum it up in critic-speak, Bait doesn't stink, but it's not very appetizing.
...typifies the kind of action comedies Hollywood seems to produce by the dozens every year.
| Original Score: 4/10
The cliched story makes precious little sense.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.
The movie's so convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished.
Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion.
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.
A clever premise that's hampered by insufficient direction and an incoherent screenplay.
Unfortunately, Fuqua is more interested in pursuing eye candy than in directing his cast.
Ultimately this Bait is, as its title gives away, just another decoy that'll take you away from more substantial fare in other waters.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dripping with visual flair overkill.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
At close to two hours, Bait is too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.
Folks will soon forget Bait, but Foxx should have a rewarding career ahead of him in better films.
The hackneyed script is filled with formulaic contrivances that continually strain credibility.
[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.
Just when Foxx's vector begins ascending, the rest of the film unfortunately banks over and starts a long slow dead-stick glide.
Too much of a story that asks that the suspension of disbelief be stretched to uncomfortable lengths.
| Original Score: 2.5/4