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Bait Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Fuqua has enveloped the luckless Jamie Foxx ... in a stylishly inept mess of a movie; a film as badly flawed in concept as it is incoherent in execution.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
[Fuqua's] pacing is slack, so there's no suspense, and he can't get the story in gear because he gives important details and minor ones exactly the same weight.
Eric D. Snider
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+
Cole Smithey
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-
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Dripping with visual flair overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
With his patter kept in low gear and his dramatic scenes played with flat sincerity, [Foxx is] simply not compelling enough to center the film.
| Original Score: 7/10
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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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
This film wastes a lot of good actors.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's so convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished.
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
January 1, 2000
It piles one ludicrous plot twist atop another and bothers not a whit with logic.
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
Sean O'Connell
January 1, 2000
A clever premise that's hampered by insufficient direction and an incoherent screenplay.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
This film is all flash and little or no substance.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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