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


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Held Up Reviews

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Greg Muskewitz

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 10, 2001
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
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 7, 2008
Bryan Poyser
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/5

March 24, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 52/100

July 24, 2001

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 12, 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
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
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Robert Koehler
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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August 15, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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