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Inside Man Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Boils with humor, surprise and dramatic energy.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is the mother lode all action/suspense directors search for and Lee, who usually doesn't work in that genre, has hit it.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The jazzish score, by Lee's music man, Terence Blanchard, is typically intrusive. But the mood is right, the twists are new. And with one casting inspiration, Inside Man furthers the rising stardom of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Smart heist movie is not for children.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes extreme language (frequent "f--k"s and other profanity, including the "N" word). The robbers take the bank with smoke bombs, dress in masks and painters' coveralls, and look ominous throughout; hostages are frightened, with some crying and others acting tough. The film includes sexual language. Characters display and discuss racism (most often, anti-Arab and anti-black). Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. One crucial plot point involves a character making money by working with Nazis during WWII.

  • Families can talk about the way the film uses the generic bank robbery plot to evoke more profound social and political issues, like racism, corruption, ambition, and post-9/11 fears about surveillance and terrorism. How do Keith and the robber, Dalton, come to understand each other's motives and goals? How does the movie compare the moral positions of upper-crusty characters (who own or run the bank) and "regular folks," who bank or work at the institution?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bank robbers, angry cops, corrupt executives: All misbehave, cheat, and lie.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Explosions (inside bank); a man is beaten behind a door (shadows visible and grunts audible), and he emerges bruised and bloody; gunshots, a seeming (and disturbing) execution of a character with a bag over his head.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to women's breasts (plus some jokes about men's tendency to focus on breasts); sexual language and discussion of sexual activity; hostages are upset when they're forced to strip (we see them looking uncomfortable in underwear).

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of profanity. Several instances of the n-word (including a video game called "Kill Dat N---a"); over 50 uses of f-word; slang for genitals.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: iPods.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking (cigarettes and cigars).