The Ladykillers


The Ladykillers

Critics Consensus

Hanks' performance in the lead role is inspired, but this is a relatively minor offering from the Coen brothers.



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Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III is a charlatan professor who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the century. The thieves are experts in explosions, tunneling and muscle. The professor is their critical inside man. The base of operations is the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going, little old lady named Mrs. Munson. The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr's thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have seriously underestimated their upstairs host. When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to 'do her in' before she ruins their heist. After all, how hard can it be to knock off an old lady? They'll soon find out.

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Tom Hanks
as Prof. Goldthwait Higginson Dorr
Irma P. Hall
as Marva Munson
Marlon Wayans
as Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons
as Garth Pancake
Tzi Ma
as The General
Diane Delano
as Mountain Girl
George Wallace (II)
as Sheriff Wyner
John McConnell
as Deputy Sheriff
Jason Weaver
as Weemack Funthes
Stephen Root
as Fernand Gudge
Greg Grunberg
as TV Commercial Director
Lyne Odums
as Rosalie Funthes
Hallie Singleton
as Craft Service
Robert Baker
as Quarterback
Blake Clark
as Football Coach
Amad Jackson
as Doughnut Gangster
Aldis Hodge
as Doughnut Gangster
Freda Foh Shen
as Doughnut Woman
Paula Martin
as Gawain's Mama
Jeremy Suarez
as Li'l Gawain
Te Te Benn
as Gawain's Sister
Khalil East
as Gawain's Brother
Jennifer Echols
as Waffle Hut Waitress
Nita Norris
as Tea Lady
Maryn Tasco
as Tea Lady
Jessie Bailey
as Tea Lady
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All Critics (191) | Top Critics (45)

  • It is not the blockbuster the (Coen) brothers hanker after, and it is not going to be a critical success, but, for me, it is the best comedy they have managed.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Ladykillers is small and compact -- it doesn't kill, it's just a doodle -- but it's a very pleasant cartoon for grown-ups. It's some sweet fodder.

    Aug 18, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • While being far from the Coens' finest hour, it remains more intelligent and ambitious than most of what currently passes for Hollywood mainstream comedy.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's both lowdown and effete, a jamboree of whoopee jokes and sick wit.

    Aug 7, 2004
  • Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard.

    Aug 1, 2004
  • It is neither terrible nor terrific, just... unnecessary.

    Jun 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
    Top Critic

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