The Big Bounce Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 30, 2004
The movie is all over the place, never jelling into anything sharp or intriguing or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 30, 2004
The movie doesn't work. It meanders and drifts and riffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 29, 2004
The Big Bounce has many of the same problems as The Big Sleep, but few of its strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce is an object lesson in the ways a promising film can go awry. It's a schooling we could have done without.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 29, 2004
'Big Bounce' wants to be comic caper movie, but the real crime is inflicted on the Elmore Leonard book credited with inspiring it.
| Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Missing: this movie's plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 28, 2004
The Big Bounce is undercut by a lack of tension and an unsurprising, 'surprise ending'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2004
Screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez and director George Armitage seem like kids trying to walk 20 dogs at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
February 13, 2004
Adaptation of Elmore Leonard novel doesn't have much rebound at all, despite a big-name cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
February 14, 2004
When the best thing you can say about a movie is that a handful of actors manage to salvage it from time to time, you're not exactly talking about a great piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 29, 2004
This goof on an Elmore Leonard crime story misses the mark both as comedy and thriller.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 29, 2004
Has none of Get Shorty's skill or wit. In fact, it's clear that the people who made this movie do not get Shorty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 4, 2004
Foster may not be much of an actress, but she sure can fill out a bikini. And she sure looks warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/2
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 27, 2004
Does crime novelist Elmore Leonard sell the movie rights to his novels only after the filmmakers agree to use The Isely Brothers' "It's Your Thing" on the soundtrack?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 29, 2004
When the twisty plots and stylish dialogue of novelist Elmore Leonard are given half-hearted attention, you get the sort of lazy, dull mess that is The Big Bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
January 28, 2004
An insult to the audience while the cast gets a paycheck and an all-expenses paid vacation in Hawaii.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2004
There may once have been a real movie rattling inside the empty studio package known as The Big Bounce, but no longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
March 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 30, 2004
Given a choice between shovelling my driveway or going to see The Big Bounce again, I would choose the driveway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 1, 2004
...baseless travelogue tripe...This cocky crime caper has all the Bounce of a punctured volleyball resting on a sandy Hawaiian beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Jesse Hassenger
PopMatters
February 13, 2004
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 27, 2009
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AV Club
January 29, 2004

Boston Phoenix
January 31, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2004
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 14, 2004
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