Inside Man

2006

Inside Man

Critics Consensus

Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill.

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The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber with a difference. In his quest to execute the perfect heist, Dalton has taken every possible factor into consideration. Dalton's uncanny ability of staying one step ahead of the law thwarts even-tempered Detective Keith Frazier's (Washington) best efforts. But there's another factor at play. The bank president (Christopher Plummer) has requested the services of high-profile negotiator Madeline White (Foster). Despite her commendable track record, Madeline is something of a wild card, and before the day is over, this bank robbery will go down in history as one of the most elaborate heists ever executed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Det. Keith Frazier
Clive Owen
as Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster
as Madeline White
Willem Dafoe
as Capt. John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Det. Bill Mitchell
Peter Frechette
as Peter Hammond
Peter Gerety
as Capt. Coughlin
Victor Colicchio
as Sgt. Collins
Gerry Vichi
as Herman Gluck
Waris Ahluwalia
as Vikram Walia
Rafael Osorio
as Bank Guard
Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell
as Mobile Command Officer Rourke
Ashlie Atkinson
as Mobile Command Officer Berk
David Brown
as Mobile Command Officer Carnow
Robert C. Kirk
as Mobile Command Officer Borinsky
Frank Stellato
as Mobile Command Detective
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Miriam Douglas
Ed Onipede Blunt
as Ray Robinson
Amir Ali Said
as Brian Robinson
Lemon
as Paul Guitierez
Samantha Ivers
as Nancy Mann
Jason Manuel Olazabal
as ESU Officer Hernandez
Jeff Ward
as ESU Officer Jesus
Craig Marcus Spitzer
as Seth Greenblatt
Lily Agosto
as Gladys Perez
Patrick Illig
as Brad Stone
Frank Composto
as Eric Dodge
Agim Coma
as Borova
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Critic Reviews for Inside Man

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (177) | Rotten (28)

  • Foster's slick performance as "fixer" Madeleine White adds to the intrigue and suspense, along with the supporting characters...

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [A] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out.

    April 29, 2008 | Full Review…
  • As unexpected as some of its plot twists is the fact that this unapologetic genre movie was directed by Spike Lee, who has never sold himself as Mr. Entertainment. But here it is, a Spike Lee joint that's downright fun.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Supremely annoying and nonsensical.

    January 27, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A slick, kinetic and relatively straightforward -- which is to say enjoyably twisty-turny -- tranche of cat-and-mouse procedural.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I gloried in the sheer spectacle of Jodie Foster as Madeline White, an exquisitely groomed, fearlessly feline fixer striding on her high heels and her high horse into one supposedly perilous situation after another.

    April 5, 2006 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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Audience Reviews for Inside Man

  • Feb 04, 2020
    From director Spike Lee comes the smart and intense crime thriller Inside Man. When a group of bank robbers take hostages and lock themselves in a bank NYPD detective Keith Frazier is sent in to negotiate, but things soon take a strange turn when the bank's owner calls in a specialist to negotiate privately with the robbers on his behalf. Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances (particularly Clive Owen). And Lee too does a good job at heightening the tension and at setting a foreboding tone. Additionally, the script is especially well-written, particularly in how it sets up the heist and buildings intrigue by using flash-forwards of interviews with the hostage about what happened in the bank during the robbery. Dramatic and exciting, Inside Man is a fresh take on the heist genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2016
    This is a fantastic movie with a killer cast. A Spike Lee joint that is sure to satisfy, you are hooked from the beginning to the end. Pay attention to details as even the smallest conversation is important.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Lovely heist film. Spike Lee at his best
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2013
    Spike Lee's attempt to make something mainstream is good but unfortunately it isn't great. Is this his fault? Likely not. He has made the most of what he has and put in a thriller that would put most to shame.
    John B Super Reviewer

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