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Down to Earth (2001)


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 77

Critics Consensus: A toned down Chris Rock fails to bring a limp script to life as the movie moves from one gag to the next.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: A toned down Chris Rock fails to bring a limp script to life as the movie moves from one gag to the next.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 62,303


Movie Info

Comic Chris Rock co-scripted and stars in this remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which was also remade with Warren Beatty in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait. Comedian Lance Barton (Rock) is struggling to get his career off the ground when he dies in an untimely bus accident; arriving at the Pearly Gates, he discovers that he's not supposed to have passed on for another 50 years. Barton is not happy with this turn of events, and eventually the Powers That Be send his spirit back to Earth, but for … More

PG-13 (for language, sexual humor and some drug reference)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Lance Crouther , Louis C. K. , Chris Weitz , Paul Weitz , Ali Leroi
In Theaters:
Jul 10, 2001
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Down to Earth

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (77) | DVD (15)

The makers of Down to Earth were faced with a dilemma nobody would have anticipated: Boosting their star's screen time kills the comedy.

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Top Critic

A two-word review: Chris rocks.

February 22, 2001
Good Morning America
Top Critic

When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.

Full Review… | February 22, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock.

Full Review… | February 17, 2001
Top Critic

A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny.

February 16, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Likeable Chris Rock in a comedy about race.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Down to Earth is worth seeing. Like mainstream brew, it doesnt have high potency, but it is a nice diversion.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009

Rock saw the untapped goldmine of humor, found when a white person acts black.

Full Review… | November 2, 2005

Down to Earth" follows the plot of "Heaven Can Wait" the way a robot follows its programming.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

To put it bluntly: this is a bad movie.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

"Down to Earth" crashes instead of alighting on angels' wings.

Full Review… | December 4, 2001

Para Chris Rock, el estrellato que se pensaba podía adquirir con su primer estelar tendrá que esperar hasta una mejor oportunidad

Full Review… | October 8, 2001

It's too bad that something with so much potential was forgotten at the box office. It's especially too bad because the film got what it deserved.

Full Review… | September 20, 2001
Movie Habit

Goes out of its way to avoid being funny -- backs actors into corners, restricting them from using their natural talent.

September 10, 2001

"For the vast majority of the running time, utter boredom prevails."

Full Review… | March 21, 2001
Film Blather

Down to Earth may be about Heaven, but it can go elsewhere.

Full Review… | March 19, 2001
Aisle Seat

Genial but lackluster romantic comedy.

Full Review… | March 5, 2001
Film Journal International

Rock, simply put, is not a skilled actor. He overacts constantly and seems uncomfortable on his feet.

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Apollo Guide

Rarely has a pair of leather pants been so sorely abused in the service of low comedy.

Full Review… | February 26, 2001
Austin Chronicle

Down To Earth is funny for one reason, and one reason only: Chris Rock.

February 23, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

A stronger lead could have pulled this picture together.

Full Review… | February 23, 2001
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Down to Earth

WAY better than Heaven Can Wait, with much more humor.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Not a great movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Chris Rock movies really do drop the ball.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Chris Rock's characher dies in an accident before his time. He comes back to earth as a white man.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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