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Are We There Yet? (2005)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 102

This supposed family comedy staring the usually blameless Ice Cube and Nia Long has provoked most critics to write, "Is it over yet?"


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 32

This supposed family comedy staring the usually blameless Ice Cube and Nia Long has provoked most critics to write, "Is it over yet?"



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Rapper and actor Ice Cube shows off his softer side in this family-friendly comedy. Nick Persons (Ice Cube) is a dealer in sports collectibles who has fallen for beautiful executive Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long). However, Nick discovers he has a bigger task than just winning her over -- Suzanne is a divorced mother with two children, Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), and the kids don't believe any man besides their father is fit for their mother to date. Even though Nick

May 24, 2005


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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (102) | DVD (26)

Are We There Yet? all too effectively conveys the claustrophobic horror of being shackled in a small space with two whiny, hateful children.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A joyless road-trip comedy that's about as pleasant as a bad case of car sickness.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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The gags seem pretty lame even by the standards assiduously applied by most 8-year-olds.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source:
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These kids are going after perfectly innocent nice adults. They are some of the nastiest children in movie history.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Lacks the courage of its grape-juice-, mud-, and vomit-spattered convictions.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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How much sweeter Nick's heart-to-heart with Lindsey and Kevin would be if the movie was more than a clichéd journey.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Less amusing than a game of license plate bingo.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

With one of the most hackneyed expressions in children-based comedy movies "Are We There Yet?" fulfills every low expectation that its urban target audience will bring to their cinema chairs.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

This somewhat schizophrenic comedy may be expressing Cube's own ambivalence about parting ways with his NWA inner bad boy and embracing fatherhood and all of its virtuous authority figure dimensions.

March 24, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Are We There Yet? is more interested in crass humor than in creating remotely believable characters that we might actually care about.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

It's never too early to start that 'Worst of 2005' list, and Are We There Yet? is already a worthy contender.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Are We There Yet? is the perfect movie for your children, assuming you hate your children.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

What does Brian Levant have against the stars of Boyz N the Hood? First Cuba Gooding Jr. in Snow Dogs, now Cube and Nia Long in one fell swoop.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

That we're supposed to find any of these characters appealing is just one of the mysteries posed by this so-called 'family' comedy.

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

The problem is that, if anything, [Ice Cube] is too likeable - he's never allowed to really get angry with the kids, which severely hampers the comic potential of the premise.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Several of my grand kids were with me at a recent screening and loved the film. Some critics have panned the film, citing the kids were too cruel. I disagree.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

The evolution of Ice Cube from 'AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted' to America's Most Cuddly continues.

February 3, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Mean-spirited "family" comedy with inane script and lack of decent performances.**

January 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

It COULD have been something, but...

January 29, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

None of the film's major events are very funny or interesting, but Cube manages a few delightfully funny and charming small moments.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Someone should have stolen Ice Cube's car keys to keep him from making this road-movie road kill.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Are We There Yet? is not a great film, but it'll do. Remember, you can do a lot worse this month.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Ice Cube's torturous misadventures inspire a major laugh or two, but more often than not, the jokes are lame and cruel.

January 28, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

It's too early and too cynically easy to declare Are We There Yet? the worst film of 2005, but it's awfully tempting.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The bad news is that the inclusion of a bobble-head doll is not the worst part of this disappointing family comedy.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Gazette (MD)

Audience Reviews for Are We There Yet?

Your average comedy that had somewhat funny scenes throughout. A good film, but not great.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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"Ice Cube needs to learn to leave acting to actors. Not rappers, not athletes, actors."-Marc L., "xXx: State of the Union" review

It seems that Ice Cube has not learned, but rather decided that because he can not get any praise in the action genre, he'll take a shot at the family genre. Needless to say, I'm missing State of the Union. This movie was painfully unfunny, painfully predictable and pretty dark for a kids movie.

There was some good I guess. The child actors (Aleshia Allen and Phillip Daniel Boyden) did a surprisingly good job playing the kids. There on their way to successful careers.

Unfortunatley, the characters they play are simply evil. They are spolied, obnoxious and loud. Not to mention the little demons are downright PSYCHOTIC! They enjoy torturing her mothers boyfriends, sneaking knives into Ice Cube's backpack at plane stations and GET THIS...THROW BUCKETS OF ROCK HARD ICE AT PEOPLE! Do they realize that can kill people?

Don't worry, the mother is just as bad. They don;t say it out loud, but the mother seems to hate her kids. She basically gives them to Ice Cube's character because she's so sick of them. And know we move over to Cube himself. Once again, he cannot act, and most of his dialogue consists of "AHHHH!!!!"

The humor was even worse. The humor in this movie includes horribly unfunny slapstick, bodily humor, peeing on old women and a talking boble head. That's right, a talking bobble head. Why is there a talking bobble head?!!!! The musical number in the movie is painfully forced, and is one of the biggest "big lipped alligator scenes" I've EVER seen.

Cube, I'm willing to forgive you as long as you stop making crappy films and start going back to your fantastic rap career.
June 14, 2011
Marc L.
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July 29, 2010

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    1. Nick Persons: No no. Where I'm from, playing stuff like that would get you shot.
    – Submitted by Connor N (10 months ago)
    1. Lindsey Kingston: [impressed by Nick and Kevin feeding a deer in the woods] No way! Where's my camera?
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Nick Persons: [to Kevin, referring to the deer] See? He's gentle.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Lindsey Kingston: I knew you were lyin'! 'Yeah, we're just friends,' yeah, right! You're just usin' us to suck up to our mama!
    2. Nick Persons: What?!
    3. Kevin Kingston: Yeah! You're just a dirty horny sex man like all the others! Nasty man! You're a nasty BAD man!
    4. Nick Persons: Look! I tried to do your mama a favor ya little booger!
    5. Kevin Kingston: You probably wanna kiss her, don't you?
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Nick Persons: Now look, drivin' you two gremlins on New Year's Eve for over 300 miles was never on the agenda, okay? We just drove across town and y'all done messed up my door! So now I got to lay down some rules. Rule #--
    2. Lindsey Kingston: [takes out a paper and pen to write the rules down]
    3. Nick Persons: Rule #1: Don't touch the climate control. Rule #2: Don't kick the seat. Rule #3: Don't play with toys!
    4. Lindsey Kingston: Can I play with my pizza coupon?
    5. Nick Persons: No sassin' me! No eatin' in the car, no drinkin' in the car, and no smokin'!
    6. Kevin Kingston: I don't smoke!
    7. Nick Persons: Good. Don't start on my watch. I don't want y'all to touch the radio. I don't even want ya to sniff the new car smell. I want you to sit yourselves down on that protective plastic and be seen, not heard. Comprende?
    8. Lindsey Kingston: [raises hand to speak]
    9. Nick Persons: Ah-ah. [gestures Lindsey to zip her lip; Lindsey rolls her eyes]
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Nick Persons: Watch what you doin'! Watch the spinners! You're messin' my spinners!
    2. Kevin Kingston: Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, you can't catch us!
    3. Nick Persons: [cries] No!
    4. Kevin Kingston: [laughs and points at Nick]
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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