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Down to Earth (2001)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 23

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



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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

Jul 10, 2001


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

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate
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A two-word review: Chris rocks.

February 22, 2001
Good Morning America
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When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.

February 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock.

February 17, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny.

February 16, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Likeable Chris Rock in a comedy about race.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Down to Earth is worth seeing. Like mainstream brew, it doesnt have high potency, but it is a nice diversion.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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

November 2, 2005 Full Review Source:

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

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

To put it bluntly: this is a bad movie.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

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

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source:

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

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

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.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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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."

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

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

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Genial but lackluster romantic comedy.

March 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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

February 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

February 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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Audience Reviews for Down to Earth

WAY better than Heaven Can Wait, with much more humor.
July 13, 2010

Super Reviewer

Chris Rock movies really do drop the ball.
January 16, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

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Chris Rock's characher dies in an accident before his time. He comes back to earth as a white man.
August 26, 2007
Candy Rose

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