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  • Summary: This retelling of the critically acclaimed 1955 comedy stars Hanks as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who's assembled a gang of "experts" for the heist of the century. (Touchstone Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    91
    For a certain brand of film geek, the best news about The Ladykillers is that it isn't a Tom Hanks movie. It's a Coen brothers movie.
  2. 80
    Already as dark as London soot, the comedy hardly needed work to bring it in line with the Coen brothers' sensibility, but the remake moves to a beat of its own, one unexpectedly in sync with the gospel music dominating its soundtrack.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    A Southern-style "Ocean's 11" without the pretty boys and Vegas attitude but with plenty of laughs.
  4. Unquestionably minor, perhaps deliberately so, but it is nonetheless intermittently delightful.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    50
    Will appeal most strongly to viewers who think Tom Hanks, who plays a thief and a potential murderer, can do no wrong.
  6. You have to look at the earlier film to understand where the Coen brothers went wrong - terribly, noisily, annoyingly wrong. They've made a broad comedy out of a black comedy and completely lost its charm in the process.
  7. Not only have they (Coen Brothers) stripped it of all its wit and charm, they've loaded it down with the kind of race-baiting and bathroom humor they've always avoided in the past.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 39
  2. Negative: 17 out of 39
  1. TonyB.
    Oct 19, 2005
    5
    Not one of Tom Hanks' best efforts, it does provide some pleasantries, not the least of which is the wonderful Irma P. Hall.

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