There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving many different ways to crash cars.
-Variety StaffFull Review
The movie benefits from some excellent vehicular stuntwork, an apt role for Burt Reynolds, the introduction of Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down," a bright turn by Reynolds' real-life girlfriend Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason at his hammiest.
-Matt BrunsonFull Review
quintessentially 70s and still a ton of fun
-Kevin CarrFull Review
Bandit has a pronounced Southern charm and smash-em fervor that aids in the digestion of an otherwise overly silly enterprise that's way too permissive with its on-screen talent.
-Brian OrndorfFull Review
The first in the series and the best of a lousy lot.
Despite a thin premise for an action-comedy road chase, the film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas.
A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot.
Gleason is the real show here, but it made Burt a huge star.
Good, stupid fun, but a precursor to some awful copycats.
The true mark of a good action flick is that it knows when to play dumb and when not to.
-Patrick ByrneFull Review