Inside Man Synopsis
A tough detective matches wits with a bank robber, while an enigmatic woman has her own agenda.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Very unexpected

By uleij
Great movie to watch again and again....

Too much swearing

By kyle4653
there is way the heck to many swear words in this movie. i only got to the first scene and could not watch it anymore. swearing is not what makes a great movie, if anything it just shows the lack of...

GOOD

By nards911
Swearing |...

Too clever for itself

By illogical hawk
There's not much to say about this movie, because there's not much of consequence that happens. On one level its your typical heist movie, where the actual workings of the heist are kept away from...

Awesome Robbery

By MongrolMan
This is the perfect heist! I love this movie with how smart it was and how great the cast was....

Great movie!

By QQQ
Great movie!...

INSIDE MAN

By ggbull
a very GOOD movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Inside Man

By tmkurish
Kinda like the perfect heist film. I enjoyed it throughout but couldn't tell who I wanted to root for, the good or the bad guys...

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Rated R | For language and some violent images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Smart heist movie is not for children.
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