The Honeymooners Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 18, 2005
The comedy wannabe has the lamest, most predictable banter of any recent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 18, 2005
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 14, 2005
The real problem is that the Kramdens' precarious financial situation, which gave the original its poignant frisson, is sidestepped.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 13, 2005
I like the cast. They're very talented, they're really funny, they have a dreadful script to work with.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2005
John Leguizamo steals the show as its sleazy trainer -- not that there's much to steal from John Schultz's joylessly schematic paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
There's plenty of space up there for a colony of mediocre filmmakers. That's right, folks. To the moon. Bang! Zoom!
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
Blame it all on the Bad Guys, those Hollywood suits who think by committee and never met a focus group they didn't like. This is product, pure and simple.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 10, 2005
The lunar destination aims far too high. This misbegotten movie heads straight for the dogs and the sewer, literally so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
Cedric the Entertainer comes close to sharing Gleason's gift for, well, entertaining. He's the biggest reason this version of The Honeymooners is such an amusing surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2005
Cannibalizing old programs has become a reflex action in Tinseltown, and as a result, audience expectations are low. It must be hard to resist the temptation to live down to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
The gags in this don't just feel played. They're exhausted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 10, 2005
The funny stuff is too scattered to forgive the buffoonish storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 10, 2005
A bland, dull and only occasionally funny waste of time that will very soon be gathering dust in the remainder bins.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 10, 2005
The honeymoon is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 10, 2005
Why? Why would someone do this? How did we get here, watching mediocre remakes of classic 1950s sitcoms? What is the meaning of it all? Does cinema have a purpose beyond supporting the theater-concessions industry?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 10, 2005
If not for a few interludes of lively riffing by John Leguizamo, playing a dog trainer and all-around hustler named Dodge, there would be nothing funny about any of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 10, 2005
[Has] a script that never answers a key question: Why does this movie exist?
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 10, 2005
There have been funnier comedies. But there also have been far worse reasons to make a movie. Or remake a sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 10, 2005
The best thing that can be said about the new Honeymooners is that it respects its elders: It plays like an episode of the show. The worst thing is that it plays like an episode of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 10, 2005
It's as if the movie is half Honeymooners remake and half typical weak comedy, which doesn't add up to a whole lot of anything.
| Original Score: C-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 10, 2005
It's not as bad as the average Hollywood movie, it's stupendously worse.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 9, 2005
Just funny enough to mollify purists and amuse the uninitiated.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 9, 2005
Cedric and Epps have none of the team chemistry Gleason shared with Art Carney, and Epps' Norton displays none of Carney's eccentricities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 9, 2005
It's as if whenever The Honeymooners comes close to delivering on a funny idea, the movie runs screaming in the opposite direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2005
A surprise and a delight, a movie that escapes the fate of weary TV retreads and creates characters that remember the originals, yes, but also stand on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 9, 2005
Superfluous though it may be, The Honeymooners is not so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
Though the patterns are there, the laughs aren't, mostly because the writing is so lazy and formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2005
This laughless attempt to modernize the Kramdens and Nortons is somewhat akin to sacrilege, as it waters down the characters and strips them of their unforgettable quirks and tics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2005
Not only an insult to the original, it should be shown at film schools as proof of how pointless a movie can be.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2005
A lackluster affair, devoid of laughs and just about anything else one might construe as entertainment.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2005
What The Honeymooners does well, it does very well. The trouble is, it doesn't do enough of what it does well.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 9, 2005
A get-rich-quick picture about a guy with get-rich-quick dreams. The moon may shine high over Ralph Kramden's New York City, but sights are set depressingly low in the studio schemes of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 9, 2005
A couple of bursts of inspired physical comedy notwithstanding, the normally unflappable Cedric (who also executive-produced) goes through the film plastered with a how'd-I-get-myself-into-this look on his face -- as does the audience.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2005
So...why remake this, again?
Full Review | Original Score: C-