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Bait Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 18, 2009
Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...a really good 80-minute action movie trapped inside an overblown two-hour suckfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
includes all the key ingredients for what Hollywood passes off as an "urban comedy." ... The finale of "Bait" finds a screaming infant and his drugged mother strapped to a bomb -- funny stuff, huh?
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
To sum it up in critic-speak, Bait doesn't stink, but it's not very appetizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 6, 2001
...typifies the kind of action comedies Hollywood seems to produce by the dozens every year.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Numbingly incoherent.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Bait makes a fatal mistake, one this kind of movie should never make unless it actually is The Matrix or Terminator 2: Judgment Day: It's long.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's funny and clever, and it grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
He's hilarious, but through the jokes, you get the sense Foxx knows he deserves better.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Director Antoine Fuqua ... is left buried just as surely as those very unlikely gold bars.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Foxx is a talented performer, and he has a charm about him. But this mix of comedy and action doesn't blend well, and he can't pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The film capitalizes on Foxx's comedic strengths and is better off because of it.
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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Watching [the events] unfold is like being at the mercy of a compulsive channel surfer who can't stop flipping between a bad UPN cop show and a stock WB sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Generally, Bait does all right as an intelligent action-comedy.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
It's action-packed, it's funny and it features lots of solid thespian emoting.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
This film is all flash and little or no substance.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The formula is certainly typical for an urban action flick, but Foxx freshens it with his humorous, ultimately ingratiating portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
January 1, 2000
Given that they left out some scenes it was a bait and switch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
Bait probably would have been better with a little less plotting and more leisure time for Foxx and his friends to really develop memorable moments.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
If the movies that make 'best lists' are filet mignon, the culinary comparison here probably is bait.
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