• Be Cool
    2 minutes 20 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Be Cool Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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I was really glad when it was over.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 6, 2010
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine
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May 12, 2006

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 7, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'

| Original Score: 1/4

March 7, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 5, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's kind of -- hmmmm, less than good, a little better than not bad, almost all right, mediocre without being grating, sort of in the C-minus-to-C-minus-minus range.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 4, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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If you're looking for a primer on the worst ways to adapt an Elmore Leonard novel, look no further.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The moment you formally anoint something as cool, you kill the qualities that made it cool to begin with, because coolness has no greater enemy than self-awareness.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Chock-full of the kind of power moments that are extremely useful in assembling a trailer. But the filmmakers forgot something: a good story to hold the celebrity bric-a- brac and shtick together.

| Original Score: C

March 4, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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It can't decide if it's a comedy or a musical -- rocking ballads by Milian and a duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are sweet interludes but ruinous to any sense of paced humor.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 4, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's unchallenging but amusing enough.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Like being spritzed by a bottle of stale seltzer.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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There's really no need to pay much attention to the plot.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's instantly forgettable, but smooth fun most of the way.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Travolta's best film in years -- as well as a one-man summation (with occasional sidebars) of what it means to be an icon.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

March 4, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Keeps wandering off on tangents, and after a while its audience does, too.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The book's various thugs, pistol-waving gangstas and Russian mafia are so cartoonishly portrayed they're about as scary as members of the Wile E. Coyote Fan Club.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Utterly forgettable -- and, yes, utterly uncool.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The movie lacks anything approaching a rhythm -- which, as everyone knows, is the record business' deadliest sin.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The film's one redeeming quality may be its eventual use as a thesis subject for some would-be Phd ('Be Cool: Deconstructing Hollywood at its Worst'). But that will be little consolation for anyone who wastes nine bucks on a ticket for this movie.

| Original Score: D

March 4, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Nothing is more uncool than trying too hard.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

March 4, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What was keenly ridiculous in print seems clueless and uncouth onscreen now. Gray embraces the inanities Leonard seemed to be lampooning.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

March 4, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One character after another, one scene after another, one cute line of dialogue after another, refers to another movie, a similar character, a contrasting image, or whatever. The movie is like a bureaucrat who keeps sending you to another office.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The picture is a bust, a grimly unfunny comedy with no connection to reality, and worst of all, running on and on for two dismal hours.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 3, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Follows the form of the original, but always to diminishing effect.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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The bits with Cedric the Entertainer and his gun-toting posse struck me as a flaming racist outrage, and casting The Rock as a flamboyantly gay actor/singer must have looked funnier on paper.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 3, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Perfect testament to what Hollywood does best: turn entertaining originals into dull sausage meat.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 3, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Represents the mind-numbing antithesis of cool.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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John Travolta returns as the reformed mobster he played in Get Shorty. But while Get Shorty rode the Pulp Fiction craze with finesse, Be Cool is running on empty.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 3, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Even Travolta seems disinterested in this bloated sequel, which revisits all the old gags but doesn't possess a tenth of the energy found in the original.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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[A] very marginal misfire.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 3, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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There's an excess of corn, confusion and chaos in Be Cool, but not much of anything you could call comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 3, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Tepid entertainment.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 3, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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It's still jolly, goofy fun.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The only worse thing than starring in a bad movie is using it to call up memories of a time when you were terrific. That's not cool at all.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This stunningly inept movie is an early contender for worst film of 2005.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

March 3, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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F. Gary Gray seems a clueless bystander, watching the new machine attempt to clone the earlier model's rhythms, gestures, and confidence, but never knowing which switches to flip.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 3, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A bright, colorful misfire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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A lazy, rhythmless, and redundant piece of moviemaking.

March 1, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Be Cool is not really cool as Get Shorty was, but it's entertaining, a frivolous cocktail rather than a vintage wine.

February 26, 2005
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