Down to Earth (2001)



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

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

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual humor and some drug reference)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ali Leroi, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Chris Rock, Lance Crouther
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2001
Box Office: $63.1M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Down to Earth

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (33)

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

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

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

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

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