The Ladykillers Reviews

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January 9, 2018
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.
August 18, 2007
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.
June 24, 2006
While being far from the Coens' finest hour, it remains more intelligent and ambitious than most of what currently passes for Hollywood mainstream comedy.
August 7, 2004
It's both lowdown and effete, a jamboree of whoopee jokes and sick wit.
August 1, 2004
Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard.
June 22, 2004
It is neither terrible nor terrific, just... unnecessary.
March 30, 2004
There's the mind-numbing oompah rhythm of every gag telegraphed and every joke pounded into the ground.
March 29, 2004
Most of this stuff isn't worthy of the Farrelly brothers, let alone the Coen brothers.
March 27, 2004
Structured like a Mad magazine parody where there's a promised joke in each frame. It doesn't add up to a movie.
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.
March 26, 2004
Should give just about everyone who sees it a few laughs. But it will appeal most strongly to viewers who think Tom Hanks, who plays a thief and a potential murderer, can do no wrong.
March 26, 2004
Although The Ladykillers is a skillfully executed caper movie, the fun lies not in its mechanics but in its characterizations, especially Hanks's and Hall's, and especially when they're together.
March 26, 2004
Those seeking a quirky and clever comedy should hightail it to The Ladykillers forthwith.
March 26, 2004
Not quite top-drawer Coen Bros., but good enough to make you wish it were, The Ladykillers is a case of being grateful for small pleasures.
March 26, 2004
Playing is the operative word since the visual whimsy gets equal billing with a mordant wit that's too much fun to be easily summed up as mere black comedy.
March 26, 2004
Never settles into an assured rhythm, and instead the actors always seem to be pushing, putting the hard sell on an audience that, however distracted by the strenuousness of the sales pitch, still isn't buying.
March 26, 2004
The Coens have taken what's timeless about the 1955 movie, rolled it around in their endlessly inventive comic minds and made it distinctly, and riotously, their own.
March 26, 2004
Suddenly the Coen Brothers, of all people, seem to be playing it safe.
March 26, 2004
Worth sticking with for Hanks' and Hall's superlative acting -- and a rollicking gospel score assembled by T. Bone Burnett.
March 26, 2004
[The Coen brothers have] made a broad comedy out of a black comedy and completely lost its charm in the process.
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