100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Washington hasn't been this relaxed in years. When he feels like it he can be the most charismatic star in the movies.
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88

USA Today

By 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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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Boils with humor, surprise and dramatic energy.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's got style and charisma to spare, with all the characters acting from fiery reserves of self-interest, including Christopher Plummer as a bank president with a secret in his safe-deposit box.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Unexpectedly funny, leisurely paced and oblivious to the demands of its genre, Inside Man has a loose, playful vibe that's at odds with its grave life-and-death scenario.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The suspense crackles, the acting sizzles and the script, by promising first-timer Russell Gewirtz, keeps tossing surprises like grenades.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Lee transforms a generic cops-crooks-and-hostages scenario into a smart, sharp heist movie by the sheer force of his love for, and knowledge of, the city where he lives.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.