The Cookout Reviews

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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 5, 2007
Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
This is one dull party.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
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.
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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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2004
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
September 7, 2004
The pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of Family Matters.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 7, 2004
Proceeds at a rambling pace without developing much in the way of comic momentum or scoring many laugh-out-loud high points.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2004
The jokes are not just stale; they can also be labor-intensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 7, 2004
Lacks flavor, laughs and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 7, 2004
A feeble mess.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
September 7, 2004
A lifeless comedy featuring a cast of familiar faces who must have needed the paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2004
The Cookout is good-natured but it's a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 7, 2004
The actual get-together is more like soggy leftovers served with cheap laughs and even cheaper sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 4, 2004
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 | Original Score: C+
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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.