Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 88
    Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
  2. An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Works as a sweetly loony ensemble piece, a sort of cracked romance that's typical of director Barry Levinson at his shrewd but unpretentious best.
  4. The main reason to see Bandits is celebrity actors riffing with each other. That's not a bad reason, though. These two actors are also skillful comedians.
  5. Almost every scene has something to chuckle over.
  6. 80
    As for Billy Bob, they all steal the money, but he steals the show.
  7. Delightful almost in spite of itself.
  8. The picture is written and acted as a lark and a romp.
  9. For sheer escapist fun, the proudly ridiculous Bandits fills the bill.
  10. 75
    Good value for the money, a funny, character-driven action comedy with three disparate stars -- who have great chemistry together.
  11. Billy Bob Thornton, wearing a succession of toupees, wigs, fake facial hair, and funny hats, and twitching more than a horse's behind, is the best reason to see Bandits.
  12. Taken as a whole, Bandits is a success, a two-hour entertainment that floats along, stumbling into various genres, discovering its moments.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It's a rare romantic comedy/road picture that's not only flat-out funny, but also presents complex and well-developed characters.
  14. The film is such a good-natured and easygoing ride that it's ultimately very hard to resist.
  15. 70
    Neither sardonic nor slapstick enough, Bandits is framed as a flashback -- which merely heightens the general feeling of inevitability.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The disparate but highly skilled leading trio of Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett keeps this road movie engaging even when it veers giddily onto the shoulder.
  17. 63
    Bandits isn't much more than a pleasant dawdle, one made extra-likable by Thornton and Blanchett, whose ace performances keep the film zipping along even at its most predictable.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Isn't awful, but neither is it the tangy entertainment it could have been.
  19. Reviewed by: Tanya L. Edwards
    60
    Overall the mix of comedy and action is smooth and utterly enjoyable.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    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.
  21. 50
    So determined to be clever and whimsical that it neglects to be anything else.
  22. 50
    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.
  23. A comedy that might have made Butch and Sundance jump off a cliff.
  24. 50
    The picture's strength is comedy -- but the love and crime stories too often drag, falter or just plain frustrate.
  25. What we're getting in this movie isn't necessarily better; it's just more.
  26. 50
    Guilty of behaving like a petty thievery corporation; it steals from so many other sources that we're forced to realize that it has little of its own to offer. As such, it can't help but fail to meet expectations, given the talents involved.
  27. 50
    Mined for comedy and milked for drama, though what results is diminished by the very framing device contrived to punch it up.
  28. 40
    Nothing is more dispiriting than forced high spirits. Bandits keeps reminding you of what a good time you should be having. You leave with a feeling of being swindled, and that's the only genuine thing about it.
  29. 40
    Too long, too slow, too self-consciously chatty and too much at the mercy of a slim premise that doesn't wear well under endless repetition.
  30. 40
    What started as cute becomes cloying and bloated. Charm should never feel like it weighs a ton.
  31. Long before this interminable film reaches its bogus finale, you'll realize that the people in it aren't real.
  32. 20
    This self-consciously kooky road movie about an unusual trio of bank robbers aims for Hal Ashby misanthropy, but hasn't a single emotionally grounded or plausible moment to justify its purely cinematic eccentricities.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Mike
    Mar 26, 2006
    7
    Very intresting movie, but the last 30 mins gets too boring. Overall I recommend it.