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The Big Bounce Reviews

February 3, 2004
Newcomer Foster cites Lauren Bacall as a precursor, but her ingénue fatale is more like a lost Olsen triplet.
January 31, 2004
Everything here is too mild, too sloppy.
January 31, 2004
The story has been so poked and prodded and spun around it barely knows how to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 30, 2004
Boring, unsexy, styleless, sluggish and physically ugly.
January 30, 2004
Insipid potboiler set against the far more enticing surf and sand of Oahu's North Shore.
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
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.
January 30, 2004
For all its twists and turns, Bounce never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 30, 2004
The movie is all over the place, never jelling into anything sharp or intriguing or funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2004
The movie is as pleasant as a sea breeze, but it slacks in the substance department.
January 30, 2004
So utterly inconsequential it fades from memory long before it's even over.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
The character of Jack is just a walking attitude, and the movie feels like a slapped-together joke.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce isn't offensive, or even terrible. It's just lazy, relying on numb moviegoers to fork over cash thinking they'll see the next Get Shorty or Out of Sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 30, 2004
There may once have been a real movie rattling inside the empty studio package known as The Big Bounce, but no longer.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 30, 2004
Bounce feels as dated and condescending as Blue Hawaii.
Read More | Original Score: D
January 30, 2004
The movie often feels content to be smugly second-rate: sun-stoned, underachieving and proud of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce has all the earmarks of a project that has been laundered more times than the developer's money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
This one lands with a thud, failing to deliver even a mild Hawaiian punch.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce is an object lesson in the ways a promising film can go awry. It's a schooling we could have done without.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 30, 2004
The movie doesn't work. It meanders and drifts and riffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce has all the earmarks of a project that has been whittled into incoherence in the editing room in a lunatic attempt to 'fix' it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 30, 2004
The Big Bounce is great entertainment if you enjoy watching Morgan Freeman play dominoes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2004
Could be subtitled 'When Elmore Leonard Adaptations Go Wrong.'
January 29, 2004
Though the first Bounce had no comedy, this version has a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 29, 2004
Except for a rare scene of shaggy charm, nothing works. Nothing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 29, 2004
One of the most soulless and least engaging films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 29, 2004
Slack is something The Big Bounce, even at a trifling 88 minutes, already has in abundance.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 29, 2004
While Wilson and his partners in crime make for a pretty impressive cast, the movie doesn't hang together. In fact, it practically falls off the screen in shards.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 29, 2004
Coming at the end of a dismal and frigid January, the second screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's first foray into crime fiction is like a paid Hawaiian vacation -- somebody else's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 29, 2004
This crime caper boasts a celebrity cast that makes for an impressive lobby card, but it turns out that the novelty casting is about all it has going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 29, 2004
This goof on an Elmore Leonard crime story misses the mark both as comedy and thriller.
January 29, 2004
The Big Bounce has many of the same problems as The Big Sleep, but few of its strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 29, 2004
Given the talent involved on both sides of the camera and its sturdy literary pedigree, there's no way a movie could be this doughy and airy unless it was somehow by design.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 29, 2004
By not trying too hard, this remake of a dumb movie has got spring in its step.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 29, 2004
Director George Armitage and screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez have managed to hit every wrong note possible with this heavy-handed tale ...
January 29, 2004
Like the frosty tropical drinks the people keep sipping here, it's refreshing and icy-cool, a sinful pleasure mixed by experts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2004
It's Wilson who's the score here.