• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Steve Rash
    In Theaters:
    May 12, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 29, 2000
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Held Up Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.

January 1, 2000
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

January 1, 2000
Leah Beth Reisman

Scenes begin with an amusing premise and a few laughs, but quickly fizzle as the jokes become increasingly one-note.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

January 1, 2000
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up.

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Eastin's plot never strays from the predictable nor creates the proper comedic tension and urgency needed for the story to work.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: F

January 1, 2000
Dennis Hunt
San Diego Union-Tribune

In this disjointed comedy, Foxx is just a Murphy clone.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1, 2000
Loren King
Boston Globe
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Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start.

January 1, 2000
Steve Simels
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder

It's hard not to wonder if Foxx owed somebody a favor when he signed on to make a movie this amateurish.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

It's a movie so foul even the folks at the NAACP Image Awards would have to look the other way.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly

Thanks to an attractive cast and an air of amiability, much of it works.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 0.5/5

January 1, 2000
Ted Fry
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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.

January 1, 2000

E! Online

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?

Full Review Source: E! Online

January 1, 2000
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: D-

January 1, 2000
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

I'd rather be held up than have to sit through this again.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
Gene Seymour
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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.

January 1, 2000
Thom Bennett
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
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