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Head of State Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 7, 2003
With the whole country watching him, Chris Rock has absolutely nothing of substance to say.
| Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 29, 2003
As a TV sitcom pilot, Head of State might have potential, but, on a multiplex screen, the execution (if not the premise) is thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2003
... I liked this premise in movies like Dave, or the Eddie Murphy movie The Distinguished Gentleman, where the unknown or the underdog becomes the candidate or even the president, but this is so poorly done.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2003
The comedy has been dumbed-down so extensively that it's not clear what's being made fun of.
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
April 4, 2003
[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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 20, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2003
Rock can't set up a decent-looking shot, and he doesn't care about niceties such as character development and all that narrative downtime in between jokes. But he nonetheless wrings biting humor from serious issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 27, 2003
After 1 1/2 hours of ineffective campaigning, Head of State did nothing to get my vote.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
March 26, 2003
The key to a successful Chris Rock movie, is ironically the backbone of any successful Jet Li vehicle: Do not let him act!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 27, 2003
Chris Rock was busy directing, producing, co-writing and starring in this light comedy. Given his hilarious stand-up routines, one wishes he had spent a little more time on the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
March 29, 2003
Rock, one of this generation's smartest and sharpest comics, is reduced to treading lukewarm waters in a disjointed slaphappy hip comedy that can easily be dismissed for politicizing pap.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 1, 2014
Rock is a man who continues to perpetuate stereotypes for the price of "comedy" and continues making one terrible film after the other.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
Rock can make some of the people laugh some of the time, but he can't make all of the people laugh all of the time.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
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
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 28, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2003
It will appeal to its target audience but, except for Bernie Mac's charm, ["Head of State"] is forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
March 31, 2003
The plot is so whisper thin that even though I laughed throughout the film, I walked away unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
March 31, 2005
'...Along comes Chris Rock with "Head of State", a mild comedy...'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 30, 2003
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2003
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
March 29, 2003
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.
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National Post
March 29, 2003
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Salon.com
March 28, 2003
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March 30, 2003
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April 22, 2003

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March 24, 2003
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July 2, 2003
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