• 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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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Chris Rock runs for president.

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

December 24, 2010
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

April 5, 2003
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

Bernie is downright hysterical!

Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX) | Original Score: B-

March 31, 2003
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald

Delightfully hilarious yet awkwardly toothless

| Original Score: B-

March 31, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The most gratifying thing is that Mays Gilliam appeals to lots of voters in the film. Not just black or white voters, but everyone who feels disenfranchised with a system in which so many of our leaders are so unlike ourselves.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2003
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2003
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

[Chris Rock] knows what is funny and how to get a laugh, and there is enough energy in the proceedings to carry him through this lightweight entertainment.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2003
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Comes closer to capturing Chris Rock's stand-up persona than anything else he's done so far.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B-

March 29, 2003
David Noh
Film Journal International

In its unassuming way, it's a most satisfying political satire.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 29, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Head of State is very funny and -- at least right now -- absolutely essential.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Not the sharpest political humor I've ever heard, but it gets my vote for the stupidest fun I've had in a long time.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 28, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's fast and funny and easily the smartest thing Rock has done in a long while.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A pleasing and occasionally very funny movie that maintains a mild but consistent hold on its audience.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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[Rock] and Bernie Mac ... provide a furious combination of stylistically different but equally effective jabs at the status quo.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2003
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

None of this is terribly believable, of course, but it passes as cinematic setup for Rock's best stand-up talent: socially pinpointed humor and outrage.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As director, Rock's comic timing seems to be a bit off. But he is smart enough to often let his co-star Mac carry the picture.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
Spyder Darling
NY Rock

A mostly likable and entertaining political spoof, albeit more slapstick than savvy.

Full Review Source: NY Rock | Original Score: 3.75/5

March 28, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Head of State feels rushed and half-baked ... but when Rock and Mac are rolling, the sarcastic humor comes out.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
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October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
October 17, 2003

Denver Post
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August 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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April 22, 2003
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2003

Orlando Weekly
April 3, 2003

Premiere Magazine
April 1, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 30, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 30, 2003
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com

In his latest film, Head of State, Chris not only stars in the film, but directed himself, which is where he made a mistake. What started out with some good jokes soon fell flat and too preachy.

Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com

March 29, 2003
Barrett Hooper
National Post
March 29, 2003
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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March 24, 2003
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