“Thin But Filling Enough.”
“This Movie Was Hilarious!!”
A comedy that might have made Butch and Sundance jump off a cliff.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Bandits is guilty of behaving like a petty thievery corporation; it steals from so many other sources that we're forced to realize that it has little of its own to offer.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
- Guardian [UK]
Like the public that can't get enough of the bandits' antics, one can't help but root for this pleasantly escapist movie.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's just about impossible not to fall for the ingratiating trio, especially Thornton's Terry.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Almost every scene has something to chuckle over.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Bandits is inescapably lite, lite, lite, unfolding on the level of a factory product, not a human experience.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Neither sardonic nor slapstick enough.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
An occasionally hilarious movie that works (to the extent it does work) despite the director's best efforts to muck it up.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Bandits unleashes its laughs in an easy, unforced tone; this isn't a dark comedy so much as a comedy that consistently chuckles at its dark potential.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
When actors, a director and a screenwriter all love the characters they've created, their glee can be infectious.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
I like movies that don't settle into a groove, especially if the groove is already well worn. But the different kinds of movies that make up Bandits are pretty worn, too.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
So determined to be clever and whimsical that it neglects to be anything else.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A slickly produced, verbally nimble comic thriller.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Billy Bob Thornton, wearing a succession of toupees, wigs, fake facial hair, and funny hats, and twitching more than a horse's behind, is the best reason to see Bandits.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Thornton and Willis save the day with their performances.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Too bad we're ready for the film's final pay-off 20 minutes before it comes. Less is more in comedy and a bit less would have made Bandits more successful. As it is, both the performers and the audience end up robbed by excess.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Plenty of great one-liners.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Bandits is a more nuanced film than the goofy previews make it out to be. It's funnier, for one thing, and more lyrical.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
The movie has a one-take feel about it, containing vast stretches where nothing much happens. The cinematography looks amateurish, often badly composed and poorly lit.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Connects often enough for serviceable value-for-dollar entertainment.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Flat and charmless.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Levinson must think he's on safe ground morally by keeping Bandits bloodless, as if the absence of carnage somehow makes kidnapping and armed robbery wholesome.
David Edelstein - Slate
Bandits may be somewhat offbeat, but that hardly makes it worthwhile.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Stretched to a running time well beyond its capacity to entertain, "Bandits" gets lost amid subplots and narrative gimmicks that add to the film's length but not its substance.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
What started as cute becomes cloying and bloated.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Adults will get this movie, but kids won't.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
- Boxoffice Magazine
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Terrible. A substitute for sleep medication that's so self-indulgent and plodding, it drove four people out of my screening midway through.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
- Empire Magazine
A hybrid crime-comedy that unsuccessfully tries to blend classic screwball comedy (the Preston Sturges brand), romantic triangles (Jules et Jim, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and character-driven crimers (a la Bonnie and Clyde).
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
- Time Out
There's good on-screen chemistry, good acting, and an incredibly well written and clever ending.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Alexander Walker - This is London
Bandits' most intriguing plot line, the three-way love story, merely hints at the complexity of a two-man/one-woman relationship and never moves past the initial stages of cuteness and adolescent eroticism.
Keith Uhlich - ToxicUniverse.com
comedy, a great cast, an intelligent script, but a weak ending.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Joe Mader - Palo Alto Weekly
The Odd Couple meets Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fairly fresh and fun, if ultimately fleeting entertainment.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
As the eponymous bandits, tough-guy Willis, with his usual array of slanted smirks and horrendous hairpieces, is easily outshone by the versatile Thornton.
Tom Grealis - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Rebecca Murray - About.com
- Film Threat
The action-comedy could have easily been a delightful romp thanks to its A-list cast and well-written script, but poor editing causes Bandits to be just another hum-ho movie.
Heather Wadowski - Film Threat
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
It is an unexpected blend of caper, buddy flick and romantic comedy, brought to life by a skilled cast who look for all the world like they are having themselves one heckuva a blast.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Sometimes funny, sometimes boring, overall a mediocre film
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Who in his right mind would fall for the woman in this movie?
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
A lighthearted action/comedy with great performances that's worth checking out in the theater.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Sin mayores pretensiones que la de divertir un rato, logra su cometido con creces.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
clearly the work of a guy who shows up and does his job with one eye on the clock. ... the promised fireworks never materialize, partly because Willis is constantly blown away by Blanchett and Thornton's vigorous comic turns...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The same Hollywood that brought us the vision of The Marquis De Sade as 'champion of free speech' earlier this year in Quills, now brings us the positively lovable bank-robbing duo of Bandits.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
...flimsy stuff, to be sure...but it's good-natured fun and provides as many or more laughs as any straightforward comedy released in 2001.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Thornton's brilliant performance justifies a great deal of the pap on display.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
The reparte in Bandits is annoyingly clownish and the only inquiry you find yourself wondering about is how both leads Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton manage to keep those shaggy hairpieces on their pates without the wind blowing them off!
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Calls its subjects heroes and ends up making a joke of them.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is obviously not a serious, or a believable, film. It is just very thin, light entertainment.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Without this Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, it would be difficult to imagine this caper being such a spirited screwball romp.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
... a moderately enjoyable romp propelled by the performances of Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Troy Garity and Cate Blanchett.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
How can I say this without being a heartless bastard? BANDITS absolutely sucked.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Peyton's script is nothing if not outrageous, and all the more enjoyable for being so.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
- Irish Times
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Three enjoyable performances are enough to place it on the map.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
It's still funny, but the flabby bits in-between the comic set-pieces and character-driven scenes are, quite frankly, an annoyance.
Ben Falk - BBC
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Star power and chemistry save this one from complete disaster, but actors alone can't turn a mediocre script into a fantastic film.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's a crime spree comedy with very little violence, a lot of good manners and astoundingly sympathetic characters for being so utterly morally bankrupt. It's quite fun.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A comedy with a weird identity crisis.
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
... the story died from lack of conviction on the director's part.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Bandits can't hope for any real originality, but hard work and intelligence can sometimes make an adequate substitute.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
the movie's only consistency is its maddening unevenness
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
- Ebert & Roeper
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Somewhere within the scattershot confines of Barry Levinson's Bandits lies a halfway decent movie struggling to get out.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Neither as thrilling as it could have been, nor as funny, Bandits is instead genial and inoffensive emotional slapstick.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
KJ Doughton - Nitrate Online
The movie is really about the conversations and throwaway repartee, deftly directed by Barry Levinson ("Diner") and impeccably delivered by the cast.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The mix of comedy and action is smooth and utterly enjoyable.
Tanya L. Edwards - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Do we want to spend two hours watching Billy Bob and Bruce and Cate stand around cracking wise and kissing and arguing and making up? I can only speak for myself, but, yeah, sure.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Something about Bruce Willis really bugged me. Could it be his bad hair weave? His constant confidently cocky smirk?
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
How appropriate is that title for a movie that stole two hours of my life?
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A witty comedy about two vagabond souls who savor risk and play as the elixir of life.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A good movie buried within a clunky framework.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
...crafted so effectively and concisely that, yes, it probably succeeds "Shrek" as the best comedy of the year.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
A cross between Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Bonnie & Clyde, and director Barry Levinson's own Rain Man
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Noah Davis - Hollywood.com
Whip-smart and funny.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
No journey with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett could ever be too unpleasant, especially with each one performing so admirably well.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A road movie that takes us on a real journey, one with actual twists and turns and unexpectedly funny moments.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Long before this interminable film reaches its bogus finale, you'll realize that the people in it aren't real.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A handsome film that mixes goofy romance, contrived storytelling, bouncy buddy patter and the sorts of pleasantly pointless visual tableaux and comic head-butts that have become the signature of its director, Barry Levinson.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Bandits might have been better if its stars were part of the kind of screwball ensemble you used to see in '30s and '40s comedies, or if supercool Willis would loosen the heck up.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Terry and Joe know what they are, generic buddies in a generic buddy film.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
One of the most enjoyable adventures of the year.
- E! Online
Even though it has a framework that gives the impression a solid story is being told here, conceptually Bandits is unformed, which is just the right touch that this particular movie calls for.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fun and funny as the film's characters may be, Bandits isn't as consistently giddy as the chemistry promises.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
It takes awhile before Bandits steals your heart, but once it gets rolling you'll fall in love with this off-beat comedic gem.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Bandits isn't any better than a good formula picture -- it isn't incisive or memorable, just light and amusing -- but it's different.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Cate Blanchett is a delight, but film is lazy.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
One of the cleverest and funniest this year and should not be missed.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton may be the bank robbers in Barry Levinson's likable comedy Bandits, but Cate Blanchett is the real thief.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Worth the bucks.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
An occasionally slow moving but amiable and enjoyable yarn.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A screwball comedy in the best tradition, it's easily the best-written mainstream film to come out this year.
John Anderson - Newsday
In lesser hands, Bandits might be just a throwaway romp, easily forgotten. With this cast and crew, it's a blast.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Bandits benefits from perfect casting.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The movie is a bit of crime, a bit of romance, a bit of comedy and a whole lot of nearly nothing.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A funny, frisky and flavorsomely eccentric comedy about bank robbery, romantic triangles and chronic hypochondria.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
The movie is a little slow in finding its way, but in the end, these Bandits will almost certainly steal your heart.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Far from original and never exactly a laugh riot, it nonetheless manages to comes off as a passably entertaining little crime comedy.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A loopy, likable but long crime comedy whose plot and rich characters conjure the merry mood of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Like all the best outlaws, it empties your pockets painlessly, and leaves a good story behind.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Takes a conventional setup and gives the characters and performances so much life that they prove to be anything but commonplace.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A good-natured cross between Bonnie and Clyde and Jules and Jim, Bandits isn't much more than a pleasant dawdle.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Lock these desperadoes up and throw away the key.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton play a couple of "ha ha" funny bank. ... Thornton, channeling Woody Allen at his worst, plays the story's central character.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
An enjoyable and extremely well-crafted mess.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It is so busy rollicking that it never gets rolling.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This is a Levinson vanity project, pure and simple, and there's nothing uglier than vanity.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Levinson shows a particularly keen understanding of Willis' most disarming feature -- the star's willingness to poke fun at his 'action hero' persona, as he does when interacting with Thornton.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
All three plumb their characters' souls for authenticity and human irony that gives "Bandits" a surprising depth to go with its capricious wit.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Willis and Thornton turn on the charm, and Blanchett proves a worthy partner.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Bandits is delightful almost in spite of itself.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
No clean getaway, but offers a crowd-pleasing trio of stars and lots of funny stuff.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bandits' problems start early and come often.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
At 123 drawn-out minutes, Bandits is anything but lively.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
Bandits is at its best when Willis and Thornton are front and center doing their deadpan Mutt and Jeff.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Bandits succeeds only in stealing two hours of precious time.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
A windy, moderately entertaining trifle. You could do a lot worse than "Bandits," but the filmmakers could have done much better.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
A rip roarin' good time.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
The film goes on for too long, doesn't bring much originality to the "bank robbing" movie motif and rarely cracked me up
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A somewhat predictable but quite enjoyable lark, a traditional buddy-heist movie that offers genuine humor instead of the gross-out stuff we usually see nowadays.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
it'll steal its way into your heart
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Mildly amusing but repetitive and overlong.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Great fun because it's smart and witty, perfectly paced, consistently funny, and blessed with three great characters.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Despite some flaws, well-oiled dialogue and straight-faced delivery make these bandits slick, crispy and comedic.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Shamelessly devoid of subtext, Barry Levinson's Bandits is a pointless ode to modern-day Robin Hoods.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine