The Big Bounce - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Bounce Reviews

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James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 31, 2004
A big dud that was bounced from last year's release schedule by Warner Bros. before landing here in winter's dreaded deep freeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
Owen Wilson - the poor man's Woody Harrelson - stars... Because Wilson doesn't seem to care, it's hard for viewers to feel much differently.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2004
A sloppy, lazy, amiable movie with a sloppy, lazy, amiable hero.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Boring, unsexy, styleless, sluggish and physically ugly.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Insipid potboiler set against the far more enticing surf and sand of Oahu's North Shore.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 30, 2004
The leading man/leading lady crackle and pop Armitage usually handles so well fizzles and plops, taking the film down with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 30, 2004
Given a choice between shovelling my driveway or going to see The Big Bounce again, I would choose the driveway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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January 30, 2004
The director, George Armitage, has a good feel for laid-back, hipster black comedy but no impulse whatsoever to keep the narrative moving.
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
January 30, 2004
For all its twists and turns, Bounce never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2004
In every other way, The Big Bounce is a dreadful exercise, with a script full of contradictions and empty gestures and a leading lady who's such a novice it hurts to watch her.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 30, 2004
A mediocre but mildly entertaining remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce smacks of one of those films that, after sitting on some studio shelf too long, was hastily re-edited to get a PG-13 rating and then stuffed with filler material to beef it up to 88 minutes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
January 30, 2004
Although it lacks the flair and edgy wit of Miami Blues, The Big Bounce is an unpretentious and funny caper comedy that gives you far more bang for your buck than most of the dreck currently playing at the neighborhood multiplex.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce struggles in every scene to capture Leonard's unique tone -- something that must be harder than it looks, since so many have tried and failed.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 30, 2004
You have to admire any movie that can convince you congenital milksop Owen Wilson is a charming, roguish criminal, and The Big Bounce goes about that subterfuge the right way.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 30, 2004
The movie is all over the place, never jelling into anything sharp or intriguing or funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 30, 2004
Bland adaptation of Elmore Leonard caper comedy with some fun performances but no zest or heat.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 30, 2004
The movie is as pleasant as a sea breeze, but it slacks in the substance department.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 30, 2004
So utterly inconsequential it fades from memory long before it's even over.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 30, 2004
The character of Jack is just a walking attitude, and the movie feels like a slapped-together joke.
| Original Score: 2/4
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