• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Lacks flavor, laughs and insight.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

September 7, 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
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
Eric D. Snider

There are a few chuckles scattered the film, but there's more embarrassment over the tired, obvious gags. It's not a black thing or a white thing; it's an incompetent thing.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D+

September 6, 2004
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
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
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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled Barbershop but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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While it claims to be about great American values such as family and love, it's been made with nary a lick of TLC.

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

September 7, 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
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Jerryrigged out of painful stereotypes...so offensive, crude, and dumb that the occasional legitimate satire and good-natured family-values message are effectively negated.

| Original Score: .5/4

September 3, 2004
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice)
Boxoffice Magazine

[A] low-flame comedy.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

September 5, 2004
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
Jackie K. Cooper

The worst stereotypes of African Americans since Soul Plane.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10

September 6, 2004
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald

A slow build-up to the actual cookout takes the punch out of the cast of colorful characters.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 4, 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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is one dull party.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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A feeble mess.

| Original Score: 0/4

September 7, 2004
Dustin Putman

The Cookout holds a smug, mean-spirited undercurrent, made all the more rotten by an attempted sincerity as false as a set of dentures.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 3, 2004
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