Held Up Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Everybody's timing seems off the beat, as if they're trying to get a handle on the script, which has more tone than jokes.
Leah Beth Reisman
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
Scenes begin with an amusing premise and a few laughs, but quickly fizzle as the jokes become increasingly one-note.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Eastin's plot never strays from the predictable nor creates the proper comedic tension and urgency needed for the story to work.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
Held Up is a real dud, with few laughs, no characterization, little story, a cluster of stereotypes and clichés and just plain nothing for Foxx to do.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Dennis Hunt
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
In this disjointed comedy, Foxx is just a Murphy clone.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start.
Steve Simels
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
There's an obligatory feel-good ending that's totally unbelievable, and the raunchy first act banter between Foxx and his girlfriend is disconcertingly at odds with the Preston Sturges-style stuff that follows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
It's hard not to wonder if Foxx owed somebody a favor when he signed on to make a movie this amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It's a movie so foul even the folks at the NAACP Image Awards would have to look the other way.
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
Thanks to an attractive cast and an air of amiability, much of it works.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Even if it isn't much of a comedy, at least it's a good-spirited one. The cast gives it their all, but the material is hopeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Ted Fry
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Maybe a few years from now Held Up won't look like the misstep for Jamie Foxx that it appears to be today. But it probably will.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Which is scarier: Foxx, abandoned in a hick town, caught up in a botched robbery attempt; or you, trapped inside a theater, forced into watching this god-awful movie?
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
It might be Foxx who's the hostage in Held Up, but by the time the static, feeble movie crawls to a close it's the audience that will feel trapped.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
January 1, 2000
I'd rather be held up than have to sit through this again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
There are points in the movie where you think you're ready to laugh, but, like the movie as a whole, they don't amount to much.
Thom Bennett
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
While an attempt to satirize the conventions of the hostage drama may have seemed an interesting notion, Held Up falls down on almost every count.
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