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Envy (2004)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 108

Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that's essentially one extended poop joke.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 35

Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that's essentially one extended poop joke.



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User Ratings: 51,158

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Movie Info

Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather surprising effect on two old buddies. Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) and Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller) are best friends and next-door neighbors who work together at a sandpaper factory. Nick and Tim often find themselves wishing for something more from life, and Nick has a habit of dreaming up harebrained get-rich-quick schemes that usually end in disaster. Tim is particularly appalled by Nick's latest idea, "Vapoorizer," a cleaning


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Steve Adams

Sep 28, 2004


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All Critics (117) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (108) | DVD (7)

With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Envy crawls to its finish through a minefield of poor taste and comedic misfires.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Ultimately more amusing than hilarious, and sometimes less than that.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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... one of the worst comedies I've ever seen.

May 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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For an alleged comedy with such star power, Envy reeks enough to wish there was a vaporizer that would make it magically disappear.

April 30, 2004
Washington Post
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One of those cinematic curiosities that almost always fade quickly.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's a long, long time between chuckles.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Charlie Kaufman possibly could have uncovered this story's true smugness. Instead, Jack Black and Ben Stiller exaggerate what works about their styles to the point of annoyance in a can't-miss misfire akin to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's "Neighbors."

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

Here's my pitch for a product. A spray that causes really bad movies to vaporize into air.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Barry Levinson's career slump continues apace with a wannabe black comedy that's neither dark nor funny.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

...certainly not the flat-out disaster it's been made out to be.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

I don't think any critic could have predicted a turkey like this based on the immense level of talent that is involved here.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

A primary plot device involves the literal beating of a dead horse -- would they just like to write the reviews for us?

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

It is in fact consistently adequate and, in places, achieves nothing short of above-averageness.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

Not quite as good as it should have been, despite spirited performances from Black and Stiller and Christopher Walken on top crazy bonkers mental form.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Featuring two of America's most successful comic actors, you'd think it'd be hilarious. Think again.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The differing styles of the two comedians never meld, but the script is so flabby even an industrial crane couldn't lift it.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Too broadly played and not at all funny enough, in spite of the milking of a high concept.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Levinson nunca foi um bom diretor de comédias (Bom Dia, Vietnă deve seu sucesso a Robin Williams), mas aqui ele definitivamente atinge o fundo do poço.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

I don't envy anyone who has to answer for this bomb.

June 5, 2004 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Obviously attempting to poach on the Farrelly Brothers territory, director Barry Levinson pushes Steve Adams' feeble screenplay over the top.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

Pinched, airless -- and so far away from any recognizable human behavior patterns it feels like a movie made by (and for) aliens who watched too many Seinfeld reruns.

May 11, 2004 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Envy is nothing to be jealous about.

May 10, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The most disappointing release of the year so far.

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Envy

A fairly tiresome and ill-conceived film. The story had legs, they just didn't run with it and I also feel they were terribly let down by their props department. Jack Black has made a fortune and he buys a plastic mansion? It all gets a little too cartoon-like and Stiller and Black aren't exactly pulling their weight either. Barry Levinson is a strange fish, this is definitely one of his worst.
June 5, 2013

Super Reviewer

Stop beatin' that dead horse, Ben Stiller.
March 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

Black comedy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Best friends and neighbours become estranged as one comes up with a new invention to dissolve pooh and gets rich, while the other is very jealous of his friend's success.
September 19, 2010
Candy Rose

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It's not a particularly memorable comedy, but it's fun and original. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Jack Black are the selling point of the movie, along with a crazy appearance by Christopher Walken. It was an interesting story, but it could've been far better considering the talents.
November 20, 2009

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    1. Nick Vanderpark: One spray problem solved it's the miracle spray.
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