Inside Man Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 23, 2006
Here is a thriller that's curiously reluctant to get to the payoff, and when it does, we see why: We can't accept the motive and method of the bank robbery, we can't believe in one character and can't understand another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2006
This one's a Spike-for-hire affair, a case of a flashy director juicing up a first-time screenwriter's efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2006
So languid is the story that Washington, under Lee's easygoing guidance, often has to power through the scenes by dint of sheer will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
March 22, 2006
An over-clever, underwhelming caper that's largely undeserving of its director and cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2006
Perhaps not Lee's dullest "joint," it's nonetheless one of his most sloppily rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 24, 2006
I never wanna have to say something like this, particularly about a movie featuring such delicious specimens of manliness as both Clive Owen and Denzel Washington, but Inside Man is a lousy lay.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 1, 2006
Not nearly as tricky as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
May 3, 2006
This isn't the kind of story that can really occupy the full length of a feature film, unless of course you're fooled into believing something more actually happened.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 24, 2006
Inside Man is an exercise in showy, cynical hollowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 31, 2006
We've come to expect more from a Lee-Washington joint than by-the-book cat-and-mouse charades.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
March 28, 2006
Entertains, but the plot is holey, holey, holey!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 30, 2006
Inside Inside Man, you'll find a lineup of the usual suspects in a bank caper, from a cool mastermind to a dogged detective. Now if only Lee could have stolen a third act to go along with all the attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 23, 2006
The climax doesn't just spell out every surprise plot turn, but italicizes and underlines them too, and then puts to use a yellow highlighter for solid measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
March 21, 2006
Until Inside Man, it didn't seem possible Spike Lee could make a dull film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Clawson
West Valley View
July 27, 2006
Bankers gone wild ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Atkinson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
April 1, 2006
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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March 25, 2006

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March 31, 2006
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