Be Cool Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 11, 2012
Be Cool isn't the biting satire that Get Shorty was. It's lighter, hipper, and, yes, more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
January 7, 2011
Be Cool sounds like it should be good, or at least entertaining, but it's neither. It does have some genuinely fun moments, but lacks a strong narrative to hang them off of. The result is empty, full of contrivances, and ultimately unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2010
I was really glad when it was over.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
Self-mocking jokes prevail in F. Gary Gray's feisty cinematic version of Elmore Leonard's irreverent Los Angeles based novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
click to read review [Greek]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 8, 2005
The characters are still engaging, but the story is a mess this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 7, 2005
Nothing here feels authentic--not the occasionally funny thugs or the supposed 'street cred' vibe that hits like a thud.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 10, 2005
Less like a story than an assemblage of moments and top-notch character acting, but as far as cinematic trifles go, it's guilt-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
May 6, 2005
There's some fun to be had here, but measured against Get Shorty, the movie doesn't fare so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
April 14, 2005
The whole film is a great piece of eye candy with many LA sites and a lot of music and action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
...attempts to look effortless in seeming hip, but the wink-wink, nudge-nudge jokes about sequels, Hollywood, and the music world come off as familiar and self-congratulatory.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 10, 2005
A half-hearted, loosey-goosey sequel so floppy and laid-back that it just sort of lounges on a sun chair and soaks up the audience's good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 8, 2005
Funny and smart, nicely crafted without being overly artsy, and quirky but approachable. If only every sequel were this much fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
April 7, 2005
Entretenida, obligada a quienes gustaron de las primeras aventuras de Chili Palmer, y con un soundtrack que sacará a más de uno a la pista de baile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
April 6, 2005
Get 'Shorty out of your head for a couple of goofy, irreverent hours and there's a good chance you'll enjoy this inferior yet amiable sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 2, 2005
Thurman looks desperately uncomfortable throughout the entire film, Keitel fails to make any real impact and the less said about Vince Vaughn's desperate mugging as a wannabe gangsta, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 2, 2005
too amiably daft to be truly biting.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
March 27, 2005
Here's hoping the cast of Be Cool can pick up their careers after the release of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 33/100
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
Despite some dead spots, it's still a fun, and very funny, ride.
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