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Director Barry Levinson follows up the low-budget An Everlasting Piece (2000) with another comedy, this one of the homegrown variety from former Twin Peaks (1990) TV series writer Harley Peyton. Bruce Willis stars as suave bank robber Joe, who has escaped from prison with his hypochondriac buddy Terry (Billy Bob Thornton). Together, the two men have devised a clever scheme to take a bank officer hostage the night before a heist, then simply escort the executive to work early the next morning when they clean out the vault. Their ingenious methods have led to the men becoming media darlings… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thornton and Willis save the day with their performances."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What started as cute becomes cloying and bloated."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Adults will get this movie, but kids won't."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"There's good on-screen chemistry, good acting, and an incredibly well written and clever ending."
‑ John Venable,
"The Odd Couple meets Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fairly fresh and fun, if ultimately fleeting entertainment."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"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/Vulture
"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
"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)
"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,
"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)
"It's just about impossible not to fall for the ingratiating trio, especially Thornton's Terry."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"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
"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
"comedy, a great cast, an intelligent script, but a weak ending."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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
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