The Ladykillers
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One of the best-loved films from the idiosyncratic British film studio Ealing Pictures gets an update from the equally idiosyncratic filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen in this offbeat comedy. Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) is a spry, elderly woman who attends church regularly, doesn't care for loud noises or harsh language, and is looking for a tenant for the spare room in her house. Enter Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), a silver-tongued college professor who moves in and gains Munson's permission to use the basement for rehearsals with his "medieval music ensemble."… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Some wicked pleasures for mature teens and adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The story, adapted by the Coens themselves, is reduced to a series of hoops the characters must jump through to prove just how strange they are."
‑ Eric Melin, Lawrence.com
"A lukewarm live-action Loony Tunes cartoon."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"While being far from the Coens' finest hour, it remains more intelligent and ambitious than most of what currently passes for Hollywood mainstream comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There's the mind-numbing oompah rhythm of every gag telegraphed and every joke pounded into the ground."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Hanks is looser and funnier than he has been in quite some time."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Good but not great, The Ladykillers is simple, somewhat funny and 'nothing more.'"
‑ Mark Sells, Film Threat
"Here's hoping their next project aims a little bit higher."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"It's both lowdown and effete, a jamboree of whoopee jokes and sick wit."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Most of this stuff isn't worthy of the Farrelly brothers, let alone the Coen brothers."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Despite cartoonish characters, over-the-top hijinks, and occasional lapses of bad taste, any movie that leaves you laughing up the aisle, has to remain well-recommended."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"The picture ranks with the brothers' best mid level output."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"The Coen Brothers remake of The Ladykillers is a half-baked mess."
‑ Dan Callahan, ToxicUniverse.com
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