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How to Rob a Bank

How to Rob a Bank (2007)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Nick Stahl, Erika Christensen, and Gavin Rossdale star in a high-stakes caper film in which the only thing for certain is that nothing is as it seems. Fed up with the manner in which super-sized corporations continually stack the deck against the common man, Jason "Jinx" Taylor (Stahl) reaches his wit's end after attempting to withdraw his last 20 dollars from the bank and getting refused due to the fact that the transaction fee will overdraw him. Locked in a tightly sealed bank vault with


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Andrew Jenkins

Sep 2, 2008

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Andrew Jenkins' amateurish, half-hearted romantic comedy-cum-heist film twists itself into unconvincing knots to pull off a guilt-free bank robbery.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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An excellent actor too often stuck in unworthy roles, Nick Stahl deserves much better than Andrew Jenkins' derivative, self-conscious heist flick.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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An 81-minute movie that runs out of ideas well before the halfway point.

February 8, 2008
New York Times
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Bereft of anything resembling subtlety or common sense, this cretinous caper flick does offer a lesson on how to rob folks of $10.50. The bank aspect is merely incidental.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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It seems especially depressing when so-called independent filmmakers have nothing on their minds except aping the style of Hollywood's hip caper movies.

February 5, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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So objectively awful it ceases even to be a reflection of writer-director Andrews Jenkins's non-talent, How to Rob a Bank calls into question the distribution filtration process that should protect delicate consumer eyes from things like this.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Builds enough on solid ideas and interesting characters to make up for its clumsier attempts at suspense.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

In spite of the caveats, it makes for a good time with Christensen providing lovely eye candy, but as for Jenkins and his hipper than thou dialogue, and gritty direction? I'm not impressed...

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

For a hip commercial and music-video director, Andrews Jenkins is oddly behind the curve and out of step in his feature directorial debut.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

How to Rob a Bank? How Not to Make a Movie.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jenkins' overly clever and stylish but ultimately shoddy and boring debut is mostly an awful waste of time.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

How to Rob a Bank operates under the delusion it's a scabrous genre autopsy, when really it's one Nina Simone song short of being a Victoria's Secret commercial.

January 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Builds enough on solid ideas and interesting characters to make up for its clumsier attempts at suspense.
December 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

This film had some serious potential. We start out with a sound premise; Young guy fed up with the system and how he is getting sucked dry by it goes in to vent his spleen and gets caught up in something much larger than he could have anticipated. The storyline stays static all the way through and we are treated to stilted dialogue coupled with poor acting. The set up was good (albeit done in a million different ways before), the concept was good (seen it too though), but the execution was pure pabulum. I wish they could have really taken a bite here, but instead it falls into the realm of mediocrity within the first 15 minutes. Erika Christensen looks lovely, but if you are watching this for her...go buy a poster. Avoid this one. As hard as it tries too hard and comes up empty.
October 21, 2008

Super Reviewer

This one took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from watching the trailer, but after seeing the film, I really liked it. I loved the style of this film. The film reminded me of another bank caper, Flypaper. The big difference is that Flypaper had wit and great dialog. This film has style that Flypaper lacked. I was surprised by the short running time of the film.

Nick Stahl and Erika Christensen shine in the film. They have a great on screen chemistry. Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews, and David Carradine provide solid supporting work. I loved the Duran Duran references and the end credits playing Hungry Like the Wolf.

I definitely recommend this film.
October 16, 2011
Sol C

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