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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

2004
Comedy
Crime
1h 44m
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)
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The Ladykillers

2004
Comedy
Crime
1h 44m
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Rated 15 May 2008
75
44th
A strong performance from Hanks makes this quite a pleasant dark comedy. It's rather simple and some jokes get a little tiring but it is funny and very well put together.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
31
12th
Although I love most of the Coens' work, this one is just awful. I'm even being generous with the score. How could such geniuses create something this bad?
Rated 02 Mar 2009
66
46th
Talkin 'bout I left my wallet in El Segundo!
Rated 20 Jan 2011
80
47th
The most underrated Coen Bros (although they can afford to be underrated at times). Funny allegorical spirituality.
Rated 27 Jul 2014
50
47th
The Ladykillers may anger fans of the original, and it won't be for people who can't tolerate a movie full of caricatures and not realistic people, but for my money it was a compact and funny experience, even if it its second half feels like it goes by far too quickly. It's strange and some of the subplots don't add a whole lot, but most of the film is a lot of fun and it's something I don't feel bad about recommending. This isn't a must-see movie, but it's enjoyable and well worth the time.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
68
28th
I didn't feel the need for a remake of Ladykillers. And after seeing this i still don't. It's just not delivering enough new things.
Rated 21 Sep 2019
77
53rd
Endearingly off-kilter Coen film is one of their least substantial, but as an agreeably silly placeholder it gets the requisite chuckles; the entire cast seems to have been given permission to indulge their hammiest tendencies, which makes it a little exhausting, though Hanks' strange, uncharacteristically campy performance (almost a hyper mix of Alec Guinness and Truman Capote) is certainly worth seeing. It's strange to land on ambivalence when discussing a Coen film, but this one manages it!
Rated 26 Jul 2008
38
7th
It's the only Coen brothers movie I've seen that has bored me. It doesn't have any of the magic of their other films.
Rated 14 Mar 2011
60
36th
I'm generally more forgiving of the lesser Coen Brothers films than other people are. Even their worst stuff, I maintain, is so much more interesting than all the other crap out there that it's at least worth a watch. We just hold them to a higher standard. The Ladykillers ventures the closest of any of their movies to that "not recommended" line, but never crosses it. It's funny and it's smart, but only kinda. Tom Hanks is actually very good though, and saves the movie from mediocrity.
Rated 02 Feb 2019
65
42nd
Listen, I was about to rank this as the Coens worst, but the final twenty minutes changed my mind. Now I put it a slight notch above "Intolerable Cruelty".
Rated 09 Apr 2010
2
39th
A generic comedy remake, made worth watching by the Coens' involvement. It doesn't stand up to their other comedies, but it's certainly enjoyable when taken on its own merits.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
68th
One of the lesser Coen efforts, to be sure, but Hanks just absolutely kills in this; you really wish he would have gotten that money. Whoops, spoilers.
Rated 28 May 2022
65
36th
(Haven't seen the original) Irma P. Hall is a delight and J.K. Simmons steals every scene he's in. It has the Coens' typical charm and dark humor but unlike their more balanced comedies you can never really take it seriously, it doesn't ground itself with genuine emotion like a Lebowski/Arizona. What shines through best is the passion for gospel music.
Rated 08 Mar 2012
51
17th
It's ostensibly a heist caper, but everything leading up to the heist itself is terrible and the movie feels like it doesn't really start until there's about 25 minutes left of the runtime. That last 25 minutes is good, but not enough to make up for the rest of the movie. I've always liked the super cartoony Coen films less than the rest, and this is their worst example.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
60
10th
I love the Coens and I tried to like this film, but I just couldn't do it. Maybe I should rewatch is sometime, I don't know.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
52
25th
I despised this movie. I think it was the ending that did it. I still can't believe this is a Coen Bros. movie.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
36
10th
Hands down, the most disappointing film ever from both the Coen Brothers and Tom Hanks.
Rated 27 Jan 2016
64
19th
A total mess, but an interesting failure regardless. Hanks doesn't get to chew scenery like that anymore.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
76
52nd
This is trashy and immature, especially by Coen. Bros standards, but I still found it hilarious at times. Tom Hanks is incredible as the smooth-talking, sweetly-Southern professor. Even though his character is so odd and out of place for the time period, his performance is one that I'll never forget. Marlon Wayans is loud and boisterous, as he normally is, but the scenes that pair his obscenity-laced outbursts with Hanks' calm and well-spoken responses are classic, despite their obvious nature.
Rated 29 Aug 2010
31
7th
Tom Hanks and J.K Simmons are doing okay, the themes are watchable and some jokes are funny. Nevertheless the movie is far from what it could have been.
Rated 10 Jul 2007
81
63rd
Fun times to see Tom Hanks a calculating villain, which is a far cry from a fun-loving, tender-hearted family man to which he is prone to being cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
52nd
For some reason I liked this quite a bit. Not the best Coen brothers movie, of course, but it's amusing and sometime hilarious. I must say that I'm not bothered by profanity, but this one almost becomes offensive at times!
Rated 29 Jul 2020
45
10th
The last hold out of unseen Coen movies hit as expected. It really is the only film in their canon that I think is bad. Along with The Terminal, 2004 was Tom Hanks' Year-of-the-Accent' and both don't fair well. The Coens do odd characters with expertise, but these aren't characters, they are caricatures. And with that level of camp comes IBS jokes, whatever Ryan Hurst is doing, and false teeth. None of it works well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
7th
Perhaps the worst film the Coen Bros. have made. Dismal, dismal stuff.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
44th
Tom Hanks and JK Simmons are phenomenal.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
75
39th
This movie made me laugh a lot but when it comes right down to it it's still not that good.
Rated 01 Feb 2010
70
70th
Not as good as the original, but its a solid crime caper/black comedy.
Rated 16 Dec 2009
20
5th
Poor remake of the original.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
54th
Subversive take on the heist film; funny and charming to the point where it's a humble and enjoyable film.
Rated 08 Jul 2008
30
2nd
Easily the weakest entry in the Coen Brothers otherwise consistent filmography. The egregious lack of atmosphere hurts this movie the most.
Rated 28 Jun 2019
55
24th
About as funny as the original (which is to say, not really), but the new cast has a lot more personality to it. Using Dutch angles to simulate the tilted house of the original is a smart move.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
60
19th
es muy divertida, pero la tematica no es nada solida
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
19th
For once, Tom Hanks annoyed me.
Rated 17 Aug 2010
10
3rd
How could the Coens drop the ball on what was a brilliant Ealing comedy?
Rated 10 Jul 2008
90
63rd
Not very popular or well-recepted but I loved Tom Hanks' character. The old black lady I thought was hysterical as well.
Rated 23 Feb 2010
86
80th
"Hihihihi"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
28th
Fans of Hanks and Hall should have plenty to respond to, and fans of all the Coen works will want to give it a look, but for everyone else, this is a hit-and-miss endeavor that misses far more than it should given the talent of everyone associated with it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
7th
Mediocre and not really worth seeing at all.
Rated 08 Apr 2014
50
27th
It looks good and traces of that trademark Coen brothers dark wit are certainly there but the film remains a mostly disappointing and inferior effort from the supremely talented duo.
Rated 01 Jun 2014
55
30th
sadece karakter sunumundaki kesmelere bakarak coen'lerin en zayýf filmlerinden biri olduðu görülebilir. film hakkýnda hiçbir þey bilmiyor olsaydım bir coen'ler filmi olduðuna inanmakta oldukça zorlanýrdým.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
39
25th
Comfortably the Coen Brothers worst film, this is not an improvement on the original and by the end you are asking yourself why it was made at all. It's 50 million times better than most films, but still. Tom Hanks is fine in it, but he's no Alec Guinness. Still, it looks good, and saw it on a plane so it is still the best movie I have ever seen whilst being airborne.
Rated 03 Jan 2016
60
10th
Not as bad as the world has led you to believe. About half of it is tone-deaf caricature and stale black comedy both of which fall flat, but the other half is bizarre, funny and consistently engaging. I particularly like the last 20 minutes, which are tragically hilarious. Tom Hanks' super-Southern-gentleman routine is never not fascinating.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
27th
Fairly funny, although a low-point of for the Cohen Bros.
Rated 19 Nov 2016
63
34th
Not a good representation of Coen Brothers wit, writing or directing.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
1
0th
Academic blowhard Colonel Sanders: The movie. The Ladykillers is a good movie, but that's about it. It's entirely forgettable for a reason I can't put my finger on. It's enjoyable enough, but its somehow simultaneously too generic and too quirky for its own good. Just like the Coen's previous film Intolerable Cruelty in that fact: it's not BAD, per se, but it's pretty damn forgettable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
23rd
very disappointing
Rated 23 Feb 2007
30
1st
Original was much better, as usual! Never do a remake!
Rated 10 Feb 2009
39
30th
I kind of liked Tom Hanks work in it, but it's even worser than The Hudsucker Proxy. No Coen vibe in it.
Rated 05 Feb 2018
32
25th
Why do the Coens hate humanity?
Rated 17 May 2010
79
59th
About as dumb as the Coen brothers get; which still puts it miles ahead of your average comedies. Still it made me laugh, and it the end that's all it needs to do.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
49th
I dunno, kinda fell flat.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
79
40th
Even the worst Coen Brothers movie is still better than most.
Rated 17 Feb 2018
50
10th
Feels like two movies shoved together awkwardly: the loquacious, circumlocutory, sporadically entertaining Southern-fried heist, and the tone-deaf, cringe-inducing, (attempted) AAVE-riddled gang-sploitation disaster of whatever Marlon Wayans was doing. Tom Hanks is not great, but he looks like PSH in Capote when juxtaposed with the nightmare of "gangsta" Wayans, who drags the movie down from...somewhere hovering above average.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
55
23rd
Incredibly loose comedy, if you like straight up, straight-forward laughs this might not be the best for you, but if you're the type that laughs at those weird jokes and doesn't mind gospel music, dive right in!
Rated 24 Feb 2008
30
9th
One of the Coens' worst. Bad remake. When you think it'll get better.. It gets even worse.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
44
8th
The film starts out OK, but the last half is just downright bad. The ending didn't help its case either since some of the Ladykillers were actually interesting while Irma P Hall was just downright fucking annoying.
Rated 29 Jun 2007
60
7th
Disappointing, especially from the Coen brothers.
Rated 19 Jan 2009
65
57th
Better than expected, I was expecting to hate it but there's nothing to hate. I don't know anything about the original, and there are some nice Coen brother-esque moments, which is the least you can expect in a Coen brothers movie.
Rated 19 May 2008
72
41st
A deeply dissatisfactory outing by the Coen's that hardly even passes for watchable. It's barely even fathomable that the coen's could have released something so unbelievably lukewarm, almost even sad.
Rated 21 May 2021
47
17th
I would like to be one of the cast members of The Ladykillers. Cannot even imagine how amusing it could be.
Rated 01 Mar 2014
100
97th
I think I should have learned by now that listening to critics is a terrible waste of time I could be spending watching all the great movies they hate. I put this one off for a long time because many considered it to be crap. The Critics are dead wrong. I loved this movie. I think its my favorite Tom Hanks role ever. The whole movie just works on such a cerebral note that I was smiling throughout. So much good in the movie, but what solidifies it all is Tom Hanks. Thank you Joel and Ethan Coen.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
60
4th
A poor remake. Not funny at all.
Rated 06 Dec 2010
31
23rd
i don't even know man
Rated 17 Oct 2007
10
6th
like watching paint dry
Rated 26 May 2008
76
44th
It's ok but the original was far better. If you're looking for the dry suave sophistication of the original forget it. It's fine for mental chewing gum but here is more proof that remakes are just lazy film making.
Rated 14 Apr 2008
95
36th
HAS TOM HANKS EVER STEERED YOU WRONG??? NAH DIDN'T THINK SO
Rated 15 Aug 2012
40
16th
Hanks's dialogue is almost spotless. Wayans performance and the IBS references are equally as funny. Take from that what you will. Rare miss by the Coen's.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
72
63rd
* Casting, Acting : 8 * Script : 7 * Directing, Aura : 7 * Ease of Viewing : 7 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
40th
Tom Hanks is a gas and the supporting cast does OK as well. Some strong comedy, but not enough to rave about.
Rated 31 Jan 2011
75
12th
Even though I like most of the Coen Bros. work and I enjoy the acting of messrs Hanks and Simmons, this one falls short of a recommendation.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
20
8th
Great disappointment! A miles away from Macendrick's classic.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
75
32nd
After seventeen years, I decided to give this a refresher. Turns out, it's not terrible. It has no interest in being a pratfall fest a la Home Alone, but rather traces the original while admirably keeping its own unique identity. Some of it is a tad dated, but Hanks is having a deliciously good time and it's difficult not to have one with him. Overall, I don't think there's enough blood pumping through this to match the Coens' usual quality, but I think that's the material's fault.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
32nd
I wanted to like this movie -- I love the Cohen brothers -- but it was just a scattered mess.
Rated 20 Jan 2015
44
14th
Feels like an attempt to recapture the magic that made so many of the lines in The Big Lebowski popular, but here it just falls completely flat. The cast do well, but it's the material that's the problem - I don't even know what happened here. It's a total demerit on an otherwise respectable filmography. It's boring, with an odd fixation on some aspects of black culture which just seem really out-dated and embarrassing.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
100
95th
Some critics acted like they'd been betrayed when the Coen Bros. decided to do a remake (evidently pastiches like _Miller's Crossing_ and _The Hudsucker Proxy_ are OK because it allows said critics to wax pedantic). I think this is as funny as hell
Rated 21 Jun 2008
85
33rd
Suprisingly funny.
Rated 19 Nov 2009
50
54th
Mediocraty afflicts even the Coens it seems. Still I found the movie kindof charming in a fashion, and enjoyed it for the most part.
Rated 19 Feb 2010
75
50th
I usually like Coen Brothers movies and can't quite clarify why I like them. This is one of the few cases where I was lukewarm, and I once again can't figure out why that's the case. The movie was funny throughout, and the acting and writing were stellar. Yet I walked away feeling a bit ambivalent about the whole thing. Regardless, I thought the cast was hilarious- Tom Hanks channeling a Poe-obsessed Colonel Sanders was great, and the other characters also had humorous quirks.
Rated 13 Oct 2008
50
3rd
Gives the original a bad name. Just not the quality of the first.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
14th
Does contain my favourite Tom Hanks performance.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
80
80th
Good
Rated 27 Dec 2009
70
55th
I've had good and bad experiences with the Coens before, and given the poor reviews I was apprehensive about this one. However, I found it amusing and enjoyable, and without the pretentiousness of some of their other efforts. In addition, the music was top notch and Hanks, who I don't ususally like, was genuinely superb. Ignore the nay-sayers and giove this one a try!
Rated 13 Nov 2017
61
29th
Holy shit, this was a Coen Brother's film? This garbage? I was prepared to come into this review by ripping on Hanks for his inability to cherry pick only decent roles, but who can blame him if he did this shit because it was the Coen brothers. Wow. I almost want to watch this again to see if there wasn't some subtlety that I missed the first time around that makes this halfway decent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
69th
A rare Coen brothers movie that is actually funny. Most likely, because it is a remake of a quality comedy.
Rated 26 Mar 2010
0
0th
Awfull. Though to be fair I couldnt take any more than 30 minutes of Tom Hank's worst ever role and a littergy of undecipherable accents.
Rated 26 May 2007
55
48th
Funny.
Rated 08 Jan 2013
58
19th
58.000
Rated 26 Aug 2007
88
59th
Because of my love for the Cohen brothers, this film gets a nod of approval from me. Hank's character is so fiendishly different from his previous roles that he truly shines in unfamiliar territory. Wayons bogs the film down, but his exchanges with J.K. Simmons make up for a majority of how much he hurts this dark comedy.
Rated 27 Aug 2019
56
36th
By Coen Bros standards, it's awful; but by normal movie standards, it's not that bad. I expected worse given the notorious reputation. Got a few laughs out of me and it's never boring
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
83rd
Tom Hanks. 'Nuff said.
Rated 16 Dec 2011
65
45th
It's a miss compared to the other Coen brother's films but it's still not too bad. It still has it's charms and is worth at least one watch.
Rated 31 Mar 2011
15
3rd
Scary. Like in, am I gonna die because this film is so bad-scary. It's a freak show, both in terms of acting, characters (how bad a script can you possibly write?) and stupid action. YES, Tom Hanks manages to pull off speaking in tounges, but who is he? Has he got charm? No. Has he got intelligence? No. Is he fun? Never was, never will be. Thing is, none of these characters are interesting. None. Full stop. Some striking images on the bridge and that's it. Enough wasted breath..
Rated 14 Aug 2007
39
32nd
No thanks.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
48
44th
Snail's pacing torpedoes this witty Coen heist flick.
Rated 03 Feb 2009
30
3rd
Tried it.... found it pretty boring.... fell asleep.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
2
2nd
This movie sucked! It was so stupid and offensive that we walked out.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
55
6th
Not that good.. I thought it'd be nicer. Misleading title :)
Rated 29 May 2011
40
13th
The Coens seem a bit complacent with their black humour in this feature, which is lazily scripted and acted, despite the absorbing cinematography by Roger Deakins.
Rated 06 Jul 2009
0
7th
Expected better from the Coens. It's interesting visually (although bordering on 'artistic') but the script is almost as boring as the original. Tom Hanks here, like Guinness in the original, isn't funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
42
16th
A disappointment

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