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Inside Man Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
February 12, 2016
It doesn't seem to play to his strengths yet it's a perfect crucible for Spike to explore his pet themes of race and class in the lumpy melting pot of New York City and a great set-up for what he does best...
Joshua Starnes
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 20, 2006
A heist movie that feels more real than many that have come before it yet feels as much like a movie as anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2006
A great example of smart high-concept escapism. Strong performances, believable characters and an interesting and well-paced premise keeps you compelled throughout
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A slick, kinetic and relatively straightforward -- which is to say enjoyably twisty-turny -- tranche of cat-and-mouse procedural.
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 12, 2006
...a clever, stylish and highly entertaining concoction of plot twists and character quirks that elevates itself above similar fare.
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Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
May 28, 2006
Inside Man is smart and funny and a movie for grown folks. You know what I mean?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Michael Atkinson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
April 1, 2006
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Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2006
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