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Jumping the Broom Reviews

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Armond White
New York Press
May 8, 2011
Jumping the Broom is an in-law comedy with soul.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 7, 2011
Jumping the Broom is no Soul Food, but as a worthy seriocomedy about African-American family dynamics, it's nourishing enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 7, 2011
A plot line worthy of a deeper discussion than the TV sitcom push of writer/director Salim Akil and his two screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
May 7, 2011
It comes as no surprise that Jumping the Broom is not a good movie. It's not funny, and it's obnoxious about trying to be funny, so let me confirm that you need not feel guilty for skipping this one.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 6, 2011
It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2011
Even minor characters get their due in well-written, nonhysterical scenes that, even if they don't render you helpless with laughter, elicit more than occasional chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 6, 2011
"The comedy is as familiar as the ceremony at a cookie-cutter wedding factory: Much feels old or borrowed; nothing feels new."
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 6, 2011
"Jumping the Broom" combines tried-and-true oil-water class tensions with the challenges of modern romance and family, then adds some African-American flavors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
May 6, 2011
It's fun at times, if a bit over-dramatic and a lot over-the-top. But by the end, you're ready for it to be over.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 6, 2011
With Salim Akil making his film directorial debut, 'Jumping The Broom,' works because of the scene stealing performances by Mike Epps, Valerie Pettiford, and DeRay Davis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 6, 2011
[The film] has its heart in the right place, and earnestly tackles "inside" race politics between broad laughs and shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
May 6, 2011
Politicians concerned about the sanctity of marriage should consider trying to boycott this film, lest impressionable youngsters watch and be led to believe that all weddings are as awful, soulless and interminable as what's onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 6, 2011
True, the script overreaches, crammed with too many characters, subplots and stereotypes. But at least it's trying. And at least there isn't a phony in the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
May 6, 2011
Comedy is about execution, not originality, and Jumping the Broom is pretty darn funny most of the time and kind of sweet the rest of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
May 6, 2011
The charm of Jumping the Broom is in its glossy, spirited humor, not its clumsy spiritual melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 6, 2011
Two weddings, neither deserves much of an RSVP
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2011
Proof that you can have a movie like this without a polemic against successful women, or some man in a dress threatening to take off his earrings and pull out a gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
May 6, 2011
Sweet, funny wedding comedy is a good parent-and-teen pick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 6, 2011
Even though the setup is forced - a wealthy family and a middle-class clan battle at a swank wedding whose theme seems to be "open hostility" - the movie is enjoyable because these characters are a pleasure to be with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2011
It's relatively raunch-free, it has a sparkling cast that reunites Waiting to Exhale stars Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine as combative matriarchs, and it likes its characters well enough to forgive them their faults.
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