The Big Bounce
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George Armitage directs this big-screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Big Bounce. Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is an occasional thief who tends to a judge (Morgan Freeman). A woman involved with Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinese), a real estate developer of questionable ethics, seduces Jack. Ritchie and the judge are old enemies, complicating Jack's moral dilemma when the girls asks Jack to help her double-cross Ritchie. The book was adapted once before with Ryan O'Neal in the Owen Wilson role.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Newcomer Foster cites Lauren Bacall as a precursor, but her ingénue fatale is more like a lost Olsen triplet."
‑ Benjamin Strong, Village Voice
"Boring, unsexy, styleless, sluggish and physically ugly."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Missing: this movie's plot."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This movie is all looks and no brains."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Never comes together into anything remotely interesting."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Everything here is too mild, too sloppy."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Insipid potboiler set against the far more enticing surf and sand of Oahu's North Shore."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Not a bad film, despite what you may have heard, but there is no doubt it should have been a lot better."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's sexy, offbeat fun for the most part, but it's way too laid-back for its own good and, in the end, obstinately refuses to be anything more than the sum of its highly promising parts."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
"...a dead zone of monstrous proportions that warrants nothing but yawns and groans for all 89 minutes it takes up the screen."
‑ David Keyes,
"The story has been so poked and prodded and spun around it barely knows how to end."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Given a choice between shovelling my driveway or going to see The Big Bounce again, I would choose the driveway."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"With gorgeous Hawaiian cinematography, a charming Owen Wilson, and a clever script, I found it eminently enjoyable."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Yet another screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, but this one just doesn't work."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Despite some inspired casting and a photogenic Hawaiian backdrop, director George Armitage can't imbue the tale with Leonard's unique balance of wit and tension."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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