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All About the Benjamins (2002)

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30

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 53

A sloppy, poorly directed action-comedy, All About the Benjamins is too derivative and gratuitously violent.

29

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17

A sloppy, poorly directed action-comedy, All About the Benjamins is too derivative and gratuitously violent.

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Movie Info

Rap star and actor Ice Cube produces, co-writes, and stars in this comic crime thriller that reunites him with his Next Friday (1999) co-star Mike Epps in the 48 Hrs. (1982) mold. Cube plays Bucum Jackson, a Miami bounty hunter for Martinez Bail Bonds who's tired of his dangerous, unprofitable profession and wants to start his own private investigation firm. Lacking stake money, Bucum is forced to hunt down a small-time grafter named Reggie Wright (Epps), a fast-talking confidence man who's

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Ice Cube, Ron Lang

Aug 20, 2002

$25.5M

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Directed by Kevin Bray, whose crisp framing, edgy camera work, and wholesale ineptitude with acting, tone and pace very obviously mark him as a video helmer making his feature debut.

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The home-run performances of Cube and Epps are handicapped by inept and illogical action sequences.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Goes a long way on hedonistic gusto.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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In this refreshingly shameless celebration of money and expensive stuff, director Kevin Bray grabs every retro action-film cliché.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Mugging, not robbery, is the name of the game.

March 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Something puddles to nothing in this relentless Miami sun.

March 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Violent film for Ice Cube. He can do better.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

They failed to get a consistently funny script or a director capable of effectively staging an action scene.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

This one is a waste of your Washingtons.

March 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I could go on and on about how funny this film is, because it is truly great comedy.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It plays like a by-the-numbers action flick that happens to have a few funny lines in it. It is barely watchable.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Hit and miss as far as the comedy goes and a big ole' miss in the way of story.

September 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's often a sloppy and muddled tale - but there are much worse ways to spend a random 90 minutes.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Unremittingly over-the-top and brutal, All About the Benjamins is as cunning as it is crude.

July 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

the heroes become more loathsome as the story progresses.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Director Kevin Bray excels in breaking glass and marking off the "Miami Vice" checklist of power boats, Latin music and dog tracks. He doesn't, however, deliver nearly enough of the show's trademark style and flash.

June 6, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

It works remarkably well as a mindless diversion.

April 19, 2002
Jam! Movies

There is a general air of exuberance in All About The Benjamins that's hard to resist.

April 19, 2002
Jam! Movies

One of those films that seems tailor made to air on pay cable to offer some modest amusements when one has nothing else to watch.

April 9, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A slam-bang extravaganza that is all about a wild-and-woolly, wall-to-wall good time.

March 18, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

With its lackadaisical plotting and mindless action, All About the Benjamins evokes the bottom tier of blaxploitation flicks from the 1970s.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for All About the Benjamins

Meh.
December 23, 2008
LitelBluHli

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Bucum: Shoot out the back tire!
Reggie: Who do you think I am, Mel Gibson?

A stupid funny buddy-action-comedy that works because of how well Cube and Mike Epps get along. A lot of fun to watch, with nothing else to it, but still funny enough. And Eva Mendez is always welcome, so that also helps. Funny parts and decent action.
January 15, 2007
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable black comedy. But Bad Boys is the definitive. Some good moments - especially the scenes with the stun gun and Eva Mendes is prety wacky - but a good action flick for a night in.
January 4, 2007
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Khris N

Super Reviewer

Mike Epps, the worst stand up I've ever seen.
September 24, 2010
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