|Genre: Crime, Comedy, Black Comedy, Thieves, Suspense|
Tagline: The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.
Plot: Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), Ph.D. is a charlatan professor who’s assembled a gang of so-called “experts” for the heist of the century. The thieves: experts in explosions, tunneling, and muscle, and the critical “inside man.”
The base of operations: the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going little old lady named Mrs. Munson (IRMA P. HALL). The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr’s thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have all seriously underestimated their upstairs host. When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to do her in. After all, how hard can it be to knock off one old
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I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves the work of Mr. Hanks, since he delivers yet another enrapturing performance (love the laugh), or folks who enjoy the whole "bumbling crooks" scenario in their motion pictures, but otherwise, check it out on video, if only to listen to some of the brilliant dialogue eloquently delivered by Hanks or chuckle at some of the goofiness that entertains every now and again. Overall though, this film offers nothing particularly memorable or amusing. 5/10
The Coens' remake of a comedy classic flounders amid extreme caricatures and stained humor.
--Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywod Reporter)
The movie itself is one long joke, and there are long stretches where its inventiveness flags and its humor wears thin.
--A. O. SCOTT (The New York Times)
But, perhaps because I have a somewhat warped sense of humor, I laughed more heartily during The Ladykillers than during anything since the Coens' last effort, Intolerable Cruelty.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
Killer comedy? Not exactly. Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall and a cat named Pickles do their best, but this Coen brothers remake just doesn't pay off.
--Charles Taylor (Salon)
The Coens' "Ladykillers," on the other hand, is always wildly signaling for us to notice it. Not content to be funny, it wants to be FUNNY!
--ROGER EBERT (Chicago Sun-Times)
Sadly, the film finally finds its feet in the final 15 minutes and establishes a rhythm that could have helped move this sluggish picture along.
Though the film's not exactly laugh-out-loud funny, the majority of the jokes are (at least) amusing - more than one can say for most contemporary comedies. And while the movie remains eminently watchable throughout, the film never becomes much more thanthat; there's nothing terribly memorable or noteworthy going on here.
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)
TOM Hanks is terrific giving his first flat-out comic performance in years as a wildly eccentric criminal mastermind in "The Ladykillers," the Coen brothers' loose and uneven remake of the 1955 British classic.
--LOU LUMENICK (New York Post)
The Coen brothers’ newest is an odd amalgam of tics and stutters that plays like something of a greatest-hits reel but never seems to jell into a real comedy.
-- (Austin Chronicle)
A brilliant cartoon-like comedy. 8/10
--Chuck Schwartz (The Cranky Critic)
"The Ladykillers" is a silly, silly movie that will leave many befuddled, but I found the dysfunctional interaction between the five ridiculously colorful outlaws increasingly hilarious through the film.
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)
A mirthful and twisted meditation on crime that’s reminiscent in theme to the Coen’s Fargo and Blood Simple. 82/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)
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Guess Who, The Ladykillers, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, Remember the Titans
|A very disappointing entry, what is essentially an R-rated kids’ movie. C|
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)
This movie was irreverent, bizarre, and just outright funny. You immediately get the sense of what kind of comedy this is when you see the town sheriff’s re-election poster. 8/10
--Mark Chua (Movie-Vault.com)
It is an intelligent Hollywood film with an exceedingly clever independent mindframe that refuses to alienate any potential viewer. It is difficult to imagine anyone going to see The Ladykillers and not have a great time in the process.
--Dustin Putman (The Movie Insider)
Obviously, the Coen brothers could be blamed for all of this, and yet some movies aren't really anybody's fault. Some movies just don't need to get made -- but the only way to find out is to make them.
--Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)
The trouble with "The Ladykillers" is that most of the gags are repeated from old time sources, and they're repeated over and over again.
--Jeffrey M. Anderson (San Francisco Examiner)