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Inside Man Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This one's a Spike-for-hire affair, a case of a flashy director juicing up a first-time screenwriter's efforts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2006
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

An over-clever, underwhelming caper that's largely undeserving of its director and cast.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C+

March 22, 2006
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Perhaps not Lee's dullest "joint," it's nonetheless one of his most sloppily rolled.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 22, 2006
Kam Williams
Bean Soup Times

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

January 17, 2007
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: C

April 20, 2009
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Not nearly as tricky as it thinks it is.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 1, 2006
Rubin Safaya

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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May 3, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Inside Man is an exercise in showy, cynical hollowness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2006
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

We've come to expect more from a Lee-Washington joint than by-the-book cat-and-mouse charades.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Jackie K. Cooper

Entertains, but the plot is holey, holey, holey!

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

March 28, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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 Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2006
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2006
Dustin Putman

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2006
Nev Pierce

Until Inside Man, it didn't seem possible Spike Lee could make a dull film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2006
Michael Clawson
West Valley View

Bankers gone wild ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 27, 2006
Michael Atkinson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
April 1, 2006
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2006
March 31, 2006
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