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Entertainment Weekly
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).
This is the mother lode all action/suspense directors search for and Lee, who usually doesn't work in that genre, has hit it.
I found myself savoring a thriller (as well as a Spike Lee “joint”) that wasn't, for a change, in my face.
It's certainly a Spike Lee film, but no Spike Lee Joint. Still, he's delivered a pacy, vigorous and frequently masterful take on a well-worn genre.
L.A. Weekly
The heist at the heart of Inside Man is brilliant, and so is the movie.
The suspense crackles, the acting sizzles and the script, by promising first-timer Russell Gewirtz, keeps tossing surprises like grenades.
A flashy cast, clever script and vibrant showcasing of New York City as the ultimate melting pot are strong plusses for Spike Lee's most mainstream studio venture.
The more it sags as a thriller, the more it jabs and jangles as a study of racial abrasion.
Village Voice
Inside Man certainly functions as a genre film, but the backbeat of inane banter and schoolyard trash-talking serves to promote an infectious sense of levity.
Dallas Observer
Inside Man is irrelevant, another semi-high-tech mega-heist movie, the rhythms and tropes of which we are all as familiar with as we are with the wallpaper facing our toilets.

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