Though there are moments of genuine humor ... they feel hollow without any depth to the characters who populate them.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Always wildly signaling for us to notice it. Not content to be funny, it wants to be FUNNY! Have you ever noticed that the more a comedian wears funny hats, the less funny he is?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An interesting collection of character work, ultimately The Ladykillers is a disappointment.
The juxtaposition of southern Gothic touches, rap and the professor's effete Svengali vibe is ineffectual.
Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers team up for a remake that's so much less than the sum of the parts.
| Original Score: 1/5
The Coens' remake of a comedy classic flounders amid extreme caricatures and stained humor.
Most of this stuff isn't worthy of the Farrelly brothers, let alone the Coen brothers.
A lukewarm live-action Loony Tunes cartoon.
The Coen Brothers remake of The Ladykillers is a half-baked mess.
Grounded in caricature and played for loud, unmodulated laughs, the film suffers from the same problems that affected the Coens' other big dud, The Hudsucker Proxy -- namely, little fun and no heartbeat.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The Coen Brothers try their hand at remaking one of the best of the 1950s Alec Guinness comedies. A version that has little to offer anyone who has seen the original.
| Original Score: 5/10
The remake -- which could have been shot anywhere and probably was filmed on a studio back lot -- has almost nothing coherent to say about Mississippi, though it does recycle a few cliches.
| Original Score: 2/4
Most of the gags are repeated from old time sources, and they're repeated over and over again.
...a flat and flimsy escapade of a shapeless farce...has all the fizzle of warm root beer in a dirty mug...meager and baseless
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.
The Ladykillers might improve when it becomes an in-flight movie. With its unnecessary foul language deleted, it wouldn't fall so short of its potential.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The Ladykillers just feels indulgent, without imparting any notion of whom it might be indulging. Everyone in it looks as though they're punching a timecard.
| Original Score: D
Joel and Ethan Coen's disappointing The Ladykillers is too trifling to be taken seriously, and too routine to inspire hilarity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4