There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.
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.
Scenes begin with an amusing premise and a few laughs, but quickly fizzle as the jokes become increasingly one-note.
This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up.
Eastin's plot never strays from the predictable nor creates the proper comedic tension and urgency needed for the story to work.
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.
| Original Score: F
In this disjointed comedy, Foxx is just a Murphy clone.
Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's hard not to wonder if Foxx owed somebody a favor when he signed on to make a movie this amateurish.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a movie so foul even the folks at the NAACP Image Awards would have to look the other way.
Thanks to an attractive cast and an air of amiability, much of it works.
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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.
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?
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.
| Original Score: D-
I'd rather be held up than have to sit through this again.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.