Box art for The Ladykillers (2004)

The Ladykillers (2004)

  • Rated R


To pull of the perfect heist, a rag-tag team of lunkheads hideout in a little old lady's basement - only to discover the little old lady is their worst nightmare. Starring TOM HANKS!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Some wicked pleasures for mature teens and adults.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main characters are criminals who lie, steal, and kill, all played for comedy. They drink, smoke, and use extremely strong language, including sexual references and the "N" word.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether it is true that no one gets hurt when insurance pays for the stolen goods.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Although The Ladykillers is a skillfully executed caper movie, the fun lies not in its mechanics but in its characterizations, especially Hanks's and Hall's, and especially when they're together.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 26, 2004

Rotten: Everybody in and around this movie is trying too hard.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Rotten: Structured like a Mad magazine parody where there's a promised joke in each frame. It doesn't add up to a movie.

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, March 27, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The worst Coen's film maybe saved (slightly) by a uncharacteristically unepic role from Tom Hanks.

- fb1664868775, Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 stars

I was pleasantly surprised at how much this film was actually good. I found this one pretty underrated. Directed by the Coen Brothers, this is a fine remake with plenty of laughs. Tom Hanks is great here, and he makes the film very enjoyable. I really don't understand the hatred towards this film. Well directed by the Coen Brothers, this is one of their most underrated films. If someone should tackle a remake, it's these two directors. Their resume speaks for itself. I enjoyed the eccentric humor that the film had, and it almost felt as if it was a Coen Brothers original film and not a remake. This is a very funny film, one that shouldn't get vilified the way it has. This is a fine little film in its own right. This remake is helmed by great filmmakers who understand the value of a good gag. With films like Raising Arizona, Fargo and The Big Lebowski, you can see a consistent humor element in their work. Ladykillers is not a perfect film, but it has plenty of good things going for it to make a worthwhile film to watch. The Coen Brothers deliver a fun, whimsical comedy here, and I really believe that this one of those films that is unfairly criticized as being a bad film, which couldn't be further from the truth. I think the Coen Brothers did a great job here and made a fine film that deserves more praise than what it initially got. If you're a Coen Brothers fan, you may enjoy this film, and you might understand why it's an underrated film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, June 30, 2012

2 stars

Coen brothers flaw. The Ladykillers (2004) is nothing like the original.

- fb100002359227440, Friday, May 27, 2011