Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. 75
    A competent but not extraordinary action-comedy.
  2. 75
    It's over the top, an exercise in action comedy that cuts loose from logic and enjoys itself.
  3. 67
    A genial and watchable film.
  4. It's another slick-and-quick muscle car of a movie, racing along for a couple of hours, taking you nowhere as fast as it can.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A B movie in A-grade clothing.
  6. 60
    Though the film overall is as disposable as a hot dog, it is just as enjoyable.
  7. A perfectly competent, if undistinguished, action film that smoothes over all the most interesting bumps in the drama.
  8. It may be a dismal comedy thriller, but Antoine Fuqua's Bait has one piece of bait that's definitely appealing: Jamie Foxx.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Bait ends up seeming pretty wormy.
  10. 50
    It more or less makes sense and it's not dull -- more than can be said for many similar attempts.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    He's hilarious, but through the jokes, you get the sense Foxx knows he deserves better.
  12. The comically tinged action is as lively as it is brainless, and it revels in violence a bit less eagerly than many thrillers of its ilk.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Has less substance and depth than its title.
  14. 50
    It's long. Long movies almost always mean the audience member has time to think, and in this context that's not a good thing.
  15. Too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.
  16. The action is difficult to follow.
  17. 40
    Even Foxx's lively comedy is lost in the noise.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    The plot is convoluted.
  19. It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.
  20. 40
    Foxx is a charmer, and he makes Alvin's unlikely evolution from relentless hustler to reasonably solid citizen believable, and even rather touching.
  21. One of those thriller-comedy combos that never get the balance quite right.
  22. Reviewed by: Steve Daly
    A tired action thriller determined to play the race card every which way for every which kind of viewer, seems hopelessly behind the curve.
  23. So convoluted and half-assed it's tempting to dismiss it as unfinished; it feels like six different movies cut together by a blind editor.
  24. 30
    This comedy-thriller that has no particular motive for changing tones.
  25. But what little humor there is in the movie becomes subservient to the grisly violence, gratuitous cruelty and ugly car chases.
  26. 20
    Ought to be called "Hook, Line and Stinker."
  27. Why Mr. Foxx, who was so impressive in "Any Given Sunday," chose to make a movie so boring and idiotic that it barely meets minimal standards of lowest- common-denominator entertainment.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    There were a lot of people who disliked this movie, but I rather enjoyed it. The only part i didn't like was the villain's acting. I think theThere were a lot of people who disliked this movie, but I rather enjoyed it. The only part i didn't like was the villain's acting. I think the dialogue was good but he wasn't really into the role. Other than that I had a lot of laughs watching this and could really get into the scenes. Full Review »