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Vincent Canby of The New York Times was mildly amused: “It’s not a great movie. It’s not worth taking a taxi to see. Yet there are many less invigorating ways to waste one’s time. . . . The intensity of Scott’s performance is highly comic. His Walter Ballantine has the discipline, self-assurance and narrow vision of the true fanatic. So, too, do most of the other characters in the film. . . Gower Champion, who has had more success as a Broadway director (Hello, Dolly) than as a maker of films (My Six Loves), seems to have had a great deal of fun with first-rate actors doing Bank Shot — grace of a work by someone who knows exactly what he’s doing. ” Arthur D. Murphy of Variety called it “an innocuous little trifle” and “formula caper material, hyped by humor that is variously silly, forced and strident. ” Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film two stars out of four and dismissed it as “a trivial, television-caliber, bank heist comedy. ” Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “While ‘The Bank Shot,’ adapted by Wendell Mayes from a Donald Westlake novel, is at best a lightly amusing and never very suspenseful caper film, it is lit with moments of plain wonderful and imaginative silliness. ” Gary Arnold of The Washington Post stated, “Despite its rather too effective air of inconsequence, ‘The Bank Shot’ is a reasonably good time,” adding that “Champion demonstrates a wonderful talent for staging and shooting wide-screen sight gags. ” Richard Combs of The Monthly Film Bulletin remarked that the film “definitely looks as if it belongs to a bygone age, to the days of Kramer’s Mad, Mad World,” with much of its sense of fun coming off as “decidedly strenuous and heavily mugged. ”