House Party Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 1, 2012
An energetic and hilarious party film with charming stars, a killer soundtrack, and some great moments...

Film4
March 18, 2008
This is a feel-good no-brainer with a party-loving cast and flat-top hairdos you could play pool on.
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Time Out
August 16, 2007
Clearly this is no masterpiece, but as its US reception indicated, it is a product overdue in the market, and it compares well with its anaemic counterparts.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2007
Crude and cartoony but hypnotic in its infectious energy, this low-budget comedy about a night in the lives of some black teenagers is an auspicious debut from brothers Reginald (directing) and Warrington (producing) Hudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 7, 2006
The first--and best--of the three black comedies made of the same concept, this joyful picture was far less cloying than its white counterpart movies of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
This is the only House Party that counts.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 26, 2002
What is most appealing about House Party, and what sets it apart from many movies in the same genre, is that there is an energy and exuberance, a joy of living being celebrated here that is absolutely infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
good-natured, raunchy fun
| Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide
August 14, 2001
An aged piece of ghetto-lore that has become less black-counterpart to Heathers and Dazed and Confused than pristine example of serendipity in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
There's a lot more energy and social reality in this picture than one is accustomed to finding in teen exploitation movies; the cutting is often dynamic, and Hudlin generally does a good job of keeping things moving.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[It's] fast-moving, never dull, extremely funny, and manages to touch, with lighthearted (and R-rated) profundity on almost every youthful issue you can imagine, including police harassment, teenage sex, the all-too-easy road to jail and alcohol drinking.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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