Inside Man Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 27, 2011
The lack of characterization of the robbers, while true to the structure of the story, makes it seem a bit flat. At the end of the day, it's not really about anything; it's just a bunch of stuff that happens. But it's a bunch of stuff that's fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
An intelligent, invigoratingly airtight caper and a love letter to New York on crumpled, coffee-stained paper, "Inside Man" is the best kind of Spike Lee joint - one where he doesn't stumble over his sledgehammer before swinging it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
A limp ride that, for all the shove of the camera and the grabby intimations of buried corruption, is no different from a John McTiernan Joint
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
June 19, 2009
... remains consistently watchable as a mechanical exercise.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
With great performances by Washington, Ejiofor, and Owen, this is a bank robbery thriller that will keep you in your seat.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
Since bankrupting his film production company with dreadful movies like "Bamboozled" and "He Hate Me" Spike Lee now works as a Hollywood gun-for-hire creating a blasé and muddy suspense police drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 27, 2009
Inside Man is the Spike Lee film for people who don't go to see Spike Lee films, and it's also a fun treat for people who see everything the man does.
Leigh Singer
Film4
April 29, 2008
An enjoyable, polished thriller, ideal for Friday night entertainment.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2008
[A] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
As unexpected as some of its plot twists is the fact that this unapologetic genre movie was directed by Spike Lee, who has never sold himself as Mr. Entertainment. But here it is, a Spike Lee joint that's downright fun.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
[Lee] nails the irritable yet alive soul of New York -- particularly, now, New York post-9/11 -- better than anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
With a few notable exceptions, there's little of Mr. Lee's trademark style anywhere to be seen. And he is sorely missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
the apotheosis of its genre, honing the heist siege flick to the perfection of a diamond. See it, and be dazzled.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 27, 2007
Supremely annoying and nonsensical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kam Williams
Bean Soup Times
January 17, 2007
It's okay, if you like investing two hours in a whodunit only to discover that a butler who was barely in the picture did it.
| Original Score: 1/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
This is the fourth time that Lee has directed Washington, and they have become as great a team as Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
Yes, Lee did a contract job -- but that doesn't mean he slapped his coat of paint onto someone else's house.
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
The movie bristles with life with the meeting of people from different races. It's a Spike Lee joint after all, and it's at its most entertaining when reflecting these tensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 24, 2006
Un policial interesante y algo original, con comentario socio-político incluido. Al final le sobran facilismos y algunos cabos sueltos, pero las buenas actuaciones y la mano del director lo compensan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
A hugely entertaining heist film, with a refreshingly straightforward plot, excellent characters, and just the right amount of Spike's snarky class/racial digs.
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