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The Ladykillers Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 25, 2004
Though there are moments of genuine humor ... they feel hollow without any depth to the characters who populate them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2004
Always wildly signaling for us to notice it. Not content to be funny, it wants to be FUNNY! Have you ever noticed that the more a comedian wears funny hats, the less funny he is?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 25, 2004
An interesting collection of character work, ultimately The Ladykillers is a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 29, 2004
The juxtaposition of southern Gothic touches, rap and the professor's effete Svengali vibe is ineffectual.
James Rocchi
March 25, 2004
Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers team up for a remake that's so much less than the sum of the parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2004
The Coens' remake of a comedy classic flounders amid extreme caricatures and stained humor.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 29, 2004
Most of this stuff isn't worthy of the Farrelly brothers, let alone the Coen brothers.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A lukewarm live-action Loony Tunes cartoon.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Callahan
January 31, 2005
The Coen Brothers remake of The Ladykillers is a half-baked mess.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
March 24, 2004
Smug comedy.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2004
Grounded in caricature and played for loud, unmodulated laughs, the film suffers from the same problems that affected the Coens' other big dud, The Hudsucker Proxy -- namely, little fun and no heartbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
April 7, 2004
The Coen Brothers try their hand at remaking one of the best of the 1950s Alec Guinness comedies. A version that has little to offer anyone who has seen the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2004
The remake -- which could have been shot anywhere and probably was filmed on a studio back lot -- has almost nothing coherent to say about Mississippi, though it does recycle a few cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 26, 2004
Most of the gags are repeated from old time sources, and they're repeated over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 1, 2004
...a flat and flimsy escapade of a shapeless farce...has all the fizzle of warm root beer in a dirty mug...meager and baseless
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
The story, adapted by the Coens themselves, is reduced to a series of hoops the characters must jump through to prove just how strange they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 29, 2004
The Ladykillers might improve when it becomes an in-flight movie. With its unnecessary foul language deleted, it wouldn't fall so short of its potential.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
April 15, 2004
The Ladykillers just feels indulgent, without imparting any notion of whom it might be indulging. Everyone in it looks as though they're punching a timecard.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2004
Joel and Ethan Coen's disappointing The Ladykillers is too trifling to be taken seriously, and too routine to inspire hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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