• PG-13, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lance Rivera
    In Theaters:
    Sep 3, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 18, 2005
  • Lions Gate Films


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The Cookout Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

It does provide some true laughs and, incredibly, some real humanity.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 11, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The cast is, for the most part, fun, and the story addresses themes of family togetherness and humility in a way that won't make you gag.

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

September 4, 2004
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 28, 2010
Michael Dequina

The very definition of an easy target--and, in all fairness, it deserves every last bit of criticism.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1/4

January 7, 2010
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.

Full Review Source: AV Club

January 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is one dull party.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma "comédia" sem a menor graça que, com seus estereótipos ofensivos a brancos, negros e homossexuais, falha não só do ponto de vista cinematográfico, mas também humano.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 9, 2005
Frank Ochieng

...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

January 19, 2005
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 0/5

October 31, 2004
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Everything else here -- from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem -- is sour to taste.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/5

September 19, 2004
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

September 14, 2004
Timothy Knight

The movie unfolds in the most perfunctory fashion. At least the food looks good.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 11, 2004
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix

Director Lance Rivera raises some legitimate questions about moving up versus selling out and the commodification of professional athletes, but he couldn't care less about answering them.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

September 11, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs

Rippin' and Dippin'

Full Review Source: PopMatters

September 10, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

This is one more entry in the long list of 'urban comedies' that dish out the kind of humor that would probably spark protests if the filmmakers weren't African-American.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

September 9, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Rivera and a host of screenwriters were apparently as cowed by Lady Em as Todd; she sucks up much of the screen time, and admirable though her family values may be, they're not exactly rip-roaring funny.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 9, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

September 9, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

There might have been a decent comedy here if someone had remembered to insert some actual humor.

Full Review Source: New Times

September 9, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.

September 8, 2004
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