Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
  2. Delightful almost in spite of itself.
  3. An amusing tale of larceny triumphant, Bandits is an entertainment with a rogue's imagination.
  4. Almost every scene has something to chuckle over.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    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.
  6. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    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.
  7. 80
    As for Billy Bob, they all steal the money, but he steals the show.
  8. 75
    Good value for the money, a funny, character-driven action comedy with three disparate stars -- who have great chemistry together.
  9. The film is such a good-natured and easygoing ride that it's ultimately very hard to resist.
  10. The picture is written and acted as a lark and a romp.
  11. For sheer escapist fun, the proudly ridiculous Bandits fills the bill.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's a rare romantic comedy/road picture that's not only flat-out funny, but also presents complex and well-developed characters.
  13. Taken as a whole, Bandits is a success, a two-hour entertainment that floats along, stumbling into various genres, discovering its moments.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  16. 70
    Neither sardonic nor slapstick enough, Bandits is framed as a flashback -- which merely heightens the general feeling of inevitability.
  17. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Isn't awful, but neither is it the tangy entertainment it could have been.
  18. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Mike
    Mar 26, 2006
    Very intresting movie, but the last 30 mins gets too boring. Overall I recommend it.