The Ladykillers Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Some wicked pleasures for mature teens and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Hanks is looser and funnier than he has been in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
August 18, 2007
The Ladykillers is small and compact -- it doesn't kill, it's just a doodle -- but it's a very pleasant cartoon for grown-ups. It's some sweet fodder.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 2, 2007
Despite cartoonish characters, over-the-top hijinks, and occasional lapses of bad taste, any movie that leaves you laughing up the aisle, has to remain well-recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
September 29, 2006
The story, adapted by the Coens themselves, is reduced to a series of hoops the characters must jump through to prove just how strange they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
While being far from the Coens' finest hour, it remains more intelligent and ambitious than most of what currently passes for Hollywood mainstream comedy.
Mark Sells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Good but not great, The Ladykillers is simple, somewhat funny and 'nothing more.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The picture ranks with the brothers' best mid level output.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A lukewarm live-action Loony Tunes cartoon.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Here's hoping their next project aims a little bit higher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Callahan
ToxicUniverse.com
January 31, 2005
The Coen Brothers remake of The Ladykillers is a half-baked mess.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
... second-tier Coen brothers ... technically excellent and never less than entertaining, it doesn't arrest and stun the way Miller's Crossing or Fargo or Raising Arizona did.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
December 31, 2004
That sophisticated stride that made [the Coen Brothers'] first run of films so remarkable has here degenerated into a sophomoric stumble.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
Increasingly, the Coens seem more intent on amusing themselves than the audience. And while they deliver some laughs, it feels like a smug exercise in showing off everything but heart.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
This is one of the best-cast films I've seen in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 8, 2004
The Ladykillers contains several gross errors of judgment that must have given the Coens at least some degree of hesitation at some point in the filmmaking process.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Exciting and perplexing at once.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
It's both lowdown and effete, a jamboree of whoopee jokes and sick wit.
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 20, 2004
The Coens have found their stride again.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
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