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Bad Company (2002)

Bad Company


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 121

Critics Consensus: Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins fail to generate the sparks necessary to save the movie from a generic and utterly predictable script.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins fail to generate the sparks necessary to save the movie from a generic and utterly predictable script.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 56,471


Movie Info

Gaylord Oakes, a veteran CIA agent must transform sarcastic, street-wise punk Jake Hayes into a sophisticated and savvy spy to replace his murdered identical twin brother. He only has nine days to accomplish this "mission improbable" before having to negotiate a sensitive nuclear weapons deal.

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language)
Documentary , Action & Adventure , Musical & Performing Arts , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jason Richman , Michael Browning
In Theaters:
Nov 12, 2002
Box Office:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bad Company

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (121) | DVD (23)

Director Joel Schumacher does a fair job of managing the chaos, but after a while you get tired of being dragged from setup to setup.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you've seen the trailer, you've seen almost everything good in Bad Company.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Rock doesn't really act with the other performers; he stands next to them and buzzes in his own orbit.

Full Review… | June 16, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Despite its cliché-ridden premise, Bad Company often works simply because there's so much talent on the screen.

June 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Predictably soulless techno-tripe.

Full Review… | June 11, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Deft, funny and intelligently scary.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Nuclear-bomb-in-NYC plot leaves sour aftertaste.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Common Sense Media

Two hours of my life I will never be able to get back...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Everything about has been done and seen before--even right down to the title, which the very same studio used as the moniker for a Laurence Fishburne/Ellen Barkin thriller.

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

The action fails to cause any excitement, and most of the characters are paper-thin.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

O roteiro é absurdo, a direçăo de Schumacher é fraca e o filme, em si, é simplesmente ridículo.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Rock is trying too hard, and Hopkins isn't trying at all.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

The funniest thing about Bad Company is that Hopkins actually agreed to star in it.

Full Review… | January 30, 2003

An easy watch, except for the annoying demeanour of its lead character.

Full Review… | December 31, 2002
Apollo Guide

This movie not only has literally no cause for existence, but it's a testament to how faceless, lazy, and pathetic movies can be.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002

Hopkins and Rock almost get lost in the hyperkinetic pyrotechnics of the second half... The movie might have been a good call if it had remained true to its beginnings.

November 21, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Hopkins-Rock action-comedy wastes both talents with an achingly inept script and truly ruinous direction.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Not just a bad film -- it's boring and embarrassing, full of formulaic plot, predictable mugging by Rock, and numerous less-than-fascinating chase scenes.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

Yet another exercise in seeing how many cars, buildings, and people he can blow up in two hours.

October 2, 2002

[Chris Rock gives] arguably the worst lead performance in a mainstream movie ever.

Full Review… | September 25, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

A completely pedestrian piece of entertainment... with a shrink-to-fit ending [that] builds to a dizzyingly ludicrous DIY climax; ...half-baked and over-baked at the same time.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Entertainment Today

This is a movie on autopilot, too tired and broken down even to find an appropriate place to crash.

Full Review… | August 12, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Scores no points for originality, wit, or intelligence. It's a cookie-cutter movie, a cut-and-paste job.

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
Mark Reviews Movies

Algo floja pero pasajera. Para los adictos al toque Bruckheimer que quieran experimentar una versión light de este contexto.

July 28, 2002

Is it a comedy or a thriller? The trailer left me unsure, and now, having seen the movie, I feel no better informed.

July 24, 2002

Audience Reviews for Bad Company

I know I have seen this movie a number of times just can't believe I haven't reviewed it. This is a enjoyable action movie with of course the great comedy in it. Hopkins and Chris Rock were excellent together. Without a doubt a sequel or two could have been made. Great chase scenes. Why did they ever stop making movies like this. Chris Rock and the Effie Murphy crime comedies were over the top and they just disappeared. This one is worth 4 stars on the first day of Spring 3-20-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Not a great one, but it has its moments.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Stupid and awful.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer



Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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