• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Chris Rock
    In Theaters:
    Mar 28, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 12, 2003
  • DreamWorks SKG


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Head of State Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Rock is a man who continues to perpetuate stereotypes for the price of "comedy" and continues making one terrible film after the other.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 1, 2014
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Chris Rock runs for president.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 24, 2010
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

'...Along comes Chris Rock with "Head of State", a mild comedy...'

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 31, 2005
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Not merely satisfied with stereotyping whites, Rock insists on taking shots at blacks, fat people, poor people and even spina bifida patients.

| Original Score: 1/4

September 20, 2004
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Chris Rock suffers from painful verbal constipation in this PG-13 clunker. Hollywood, make it NC-17 when Chris and Bernie run for re-election.

July 18, 2004
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

Although a reheated formula, Head of State dishes out a few original laughs due to in part to the writing of Chris Rock.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

January 26, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It may be an overly simplistic fantasy, but it's a funny one, and you won't find anything at the cineplex more relevant.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rock serves as star, director, co-writer, and co-producer, so he can't point fingers at anyone else when the film loses its way.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 4, 2004
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

With the whole country watching him, Chris Rock has absolutely nothing of substance to say.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 7, 2003
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Yes, and...?

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Like so many of his other films, it's still not the movie that Chris Rock's fans know he's capable of making.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Another mediocre comedy from Chris Rock.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

June 24, 2003
Charlie Brown

. . .no one has talked about prosecuting Chris Rock for his torture of a captive movie audience with his new film Head of State.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

June 4, 2003
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Isn't this the same sort of pandering, middle-brow movie that Chris Rock used to say really means things about in his stand-up act?

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 28, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Rather than grab the political bull by the horns -- as did Warren Beatty's Bulworth a few years back or Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine a few months back -- Rock is content to merely make a comedy that, after a few trims of choice prof

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A missed opportunity.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2003
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Head of State isn't very good, but there are some funny spots

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2003

It's not political satire, and it's also, unfortunately, not very funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

April 6, 2003
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online

[Rock] seems to think that expanding his critiques to feature-length form requires a cookie-cutter white southern governor as the enemy and lots of "bling bling" style as a positive counterpoint.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

April 4, 2003
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

A movie should be fun, this isn't.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2003
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