Inside Man
Inside Man (2006)

The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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87%
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I gloried in the sheer spectacle of Jodie Foster as Madeline White, an exquisitely groomed, fearlessly feline fixer striding on her high heels and her high horse into one supposedly perilous situation after another.

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The ending has some plotting issues-much of this perfect execution seems to rest on coincidence and/or the intelligence level of the law types dealing with it-but everything up to it is well-made and entertaining. A fine summer rental.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

As unexpected as some of its plot twists is the fact that this unapologetic genre movie was directed by Spike Lee, who has never sold himself as Mr. Entertainment. But here it is, a Spike Lee joint that's downright fun.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's very satisfying.

Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

It doesn't seem to play to his strengths yet it's a perfect crucible for Spike to explore his pet themes of race and class in the lumpy melting pot of New York City and a great set-up for what he does best...

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Time Out

A slick, kinetic and relatively straightforward -- which is to say enjoyably twisty-turny -- tranche of cat-and-mouse procedural.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Even past the midway point, it's all working -- it's taut, it's funny, it's trenchant, it's stylish. And then it isn't.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

The lack of characterization of the robbers, while true to the structure of the story, makes it seem a bit flat. At the end of the day, it's not really about anything; it's just a bunch of stuff that happens. But it's a bunch of stuff that's fun to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Lovely heist film. Spike Lee at his best
Albert Kim
I understand that I am alone in this, but I still stand by my opinion. I was not engaged in this heist thriller. Did not enjoy the score. Loved the… More
JY Skacto
Spike Lee's <i>Inside Man</i> leaves it all inside the bank.<p>For a 2 hour film that spends most of its time in a bank, the story… More
Graham Jones
A new area for Lee, this exciting thriller features great performances but also Lee is still able to inject his usual social commentary subliminally, this is… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A beautifully shot, slick and stylish, brilliantly acted heist drama featuring… More
Kase Vollebregt
Spike Lee's 'Inside Man' is a pulse-pounding ride that has plenty of entertainment value. This script is top-notch, and Lee really uses it to his… More