The Cookout Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 7, 2004
Lacks flavor, laughs and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2004
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.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
January 19, 2005
...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
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 9, 2005
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 4, 2004
Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled Barbershop but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
September 14, 2004
Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 3, 2004
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
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice)
Boxoffice Magazine
September 5, 2004
[A] low-flame comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 31, 2004
It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 6, 2004
The worst stereotypes of African Americans since Soul Plane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
September 4, 2004
A slow build-up to the actual cookout takes the punch out of the cast of colorful characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 11, 2004
The movie unfolds in the most perfunctory fashion. At least the food looks good.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
This is one dull party.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 7, 2004
A feeble mess.
| Original Score: 0/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 3, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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