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In this action comedy, a crook trying to go straight finds himself lured back to crime by the police, without his even knowing it. When master criminals Jasper (Robert Pastorelli) and Bristol (Doug Hutchison) pull a heist that nets $40 million in gold but leaves behind several dead policemen, detective Edgar Clenteen (David Morse) pulls out all the stops to put the thief behind bars. Jasper is jailed and ends up sharing a cell with Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx), a habitual small-time criminal who was brought in after a bungled robbery of a seafood wholesaler. Jasper, who has a weak heart, suffers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Antoine Fuqua ... serves up every cliche in the book."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Instead of a tiger in its tank, this vehicle for Foxx has a lot of formula."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"...a really good 80-minute action movie trapped inside an overblown two-hour suckfest."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...typifies the kind of action comedies Hollywood seems to produce by the dozens every year."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A clever premise that's hampered by insufficient direction and an incoherent screenplay."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Citysearch
"Despite its genre trappings, Bait is an entertaining and occasionally clever picture with a crackling peformance by Jamie Foxx."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's funny and clever, and it grows on you."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"includes all the key ingredients for what Hollywood passes off as an "urban comedy." ... The finale of "Bait" finds a screaming infant and his drugged mother strapped to a bomb -- funny stuff, huh?"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The cliched story makes precious little sense."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Unfortunately, Fuqua is more interested in pursuing eye candy than in directing his cast."
‑ Gary Dowell,
"This film wastes a lot of good actors."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"To sum it up in critic-speak, Bait doesn't stink, but it's not very appetizing."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The movie's so convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, New Times
"Ultimately this Bait is, as its title gives away, just another decoy that'll take you away from more substantial fare in other waters."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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