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Bait Reviews

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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Stands out for refusing to settle for the narcissism of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence movies, instead addressing human vulnerabilities.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
Director Antoine Fuqua ... serves up every cliche in the book.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Despite its genre trappings, Bait is an entertaining and occasionally clever picture with a crackling peformance by Jamie Foxx.
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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.
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
It piles one ludicrous plot twist atop another and bothers not a whit with logic.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
This film wastes a lot of good actors.
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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+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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.
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, it's Foxx's insistence on filling any dead air with wisecracks that spoils Bait.
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Numbingly incoherent.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Instead of a tiger in its tank, this vehicle for Foxx has a lot of formula.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Read More | 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
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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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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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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Houston Chronicle
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.