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Bait Reviews

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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Stands out for refusing to settle for the narcissism of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence movies, instead addressing human vulnerabilities.
January 1, 2000
Director Antoine Fuqua ... serves up every cliche in the book.
January 1, 2000
Despite its genre trappings, Bait is an entertaining and occasionally clever picture with a crackling peformance by Jamie Foxx.
January 1, 2000
Director Antoine Fuqua ... is left buried just as surely as those very unlikely gold bars.
January 1, 2000
It piles one ludicrous plot twist atop another and bothers not a whit with logic.
January 1, 2000
This film wastes a lot of good actors.
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+
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 1, 2000
If you want a conflicted movie that doesn't know what it is -- or just wish to kill a few hours -- this is for you. Otherwise, keep fishing and cut Bait.
January 1, 2000
If the movies that make 'best lists' are filet mignon, the culinary comparison here probably is bait.
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, it's Foxx's insistence on filling any dead air with wisecracks that spoils Bait.
January 1, 2000
He's hilarious, but through the jokes, you get the sense Foxx knows he deserves better.
January 1, 2000
Numbingly incoherent.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
January 1, 2000
Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion.
January 1, 2000
Thanks to Antoine Fuqua's ... feverish and self-indulgent MTV-inspired direction, with its desperate overreliance on close-ups, you just can't tell what's going on.
January 1, 2000
Instead of a tiger in its tank, this vehicle for Foxx has a lot of formula.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
It's funny and clever, and it grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Two things pretty much save the movie. The last 40 minutes are well-plotted and paced. And Foxx is enormously likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Blending comedy and action is a formula that works when both elements are strong, as in, say, Beverly Hills Cop or 48 Hours. In Bait, this isn't the case.