Bringing Down the House Reviews

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Jimmy O
Film Snobs
March 22, 2003
Why hasn't Spike Lee held a press conference about thing yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 21, 2003
Each performer charms the audience by presenting characters we like even when we shouldn't.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 18, 2003
You have somebody as smart as Steve Martin, and as smart and appealing as Queen Latifah in a movie like this. To have such an awful, offensive story is a real disappointment.
March 17, 2003
Despite everything being there that should make it work, something was missing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 14, 2003
This is an early '80s Whoopi Goldberg movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
March 14, 2003
In a movie as obvious as this, we know exactly what is expected of people at specific intervals, and it's never very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 14, 2003
A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.
| Original Score: C-
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 14, 2003
"Bringing Down the House" stars Queen Latifah as the wrecking ball, always a good bet these days, particularly since she knocked out pretty much everyone who saw her in her Academy Award-nominated performance in "Chicago."
Full Review | Original Score: B
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
March 14, 2003
It deserves to be buried in obscurity--if not burned beyond recognition--along with other comedies of its ilk, including Carbon Copy, He's My Girl, Soul Man and Chu-Chu and the Philly Flash.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 13, 2003
I could never decide whether Bringing Down the House was satirizing racial stereotypes or perpetuating them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2003
Director Shankman ruins a lot of gags with poor timing, brain-dead cuts and uninspired staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
March 13, 2003
The film presumes white people talking like black people to be original, and they were talking jive as far back as Airplane! (and probably a lot earlier than that!).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 12, 2003
Queen Latifah alone is worth the price of admission: The woman has enough screen presence for six movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
March 12, 2003
'A rewrite - one that played more off the straight-laced vs. laid-back dynamic rather than racial stereotypes - would have helped.'
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 11, 2003
Over the last five years, the unfortunate but predictable upshot of a Steve Martin appearance in a project he did not write has been cynical high-concept comedies like 'Bringing Down the House,' a race relations-class war romp that's as unfunny as it is o
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
March 11, 2003
This movie failed to make me laugh out loud so it must be in material breach.
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Jane Dark
Village Voice
March 11, 2003
A Film in Which Steve Martin Will Appear in Full Hip-Hop Drag With Appropriate Slang for Not Less Than Six Minutes.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 11, 2003
It's a rich-white-man- hangs-out-with-a- black-convict-in-order- to-channel-his- inner-blackness-needed- to-save-his-marriage- with-his-white-wife story.
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
March 11, 2003
With enough good nature and friendly humor to still be considered a family comedy, Bringing Down the House also hits an edginess that will keep today's audiences laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 11, 2003
The script, like Adam Shankman's whomping direction, is obvious and formulaic, and pretty shameless when it comes to scoring laughs -- but, luckily, the film is filled with bright comedians who milk every opportunity.
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