Jumping the Broom Reviews

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
May 6, 2011
No matter how crazy you think your mother is, it can't get much worse than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
May 5, 2011
Every wedding comedy hinges on creating threats to the union, of course, but Hunter and Gibbs pile on half a dozen potentially ruinous scenarios and subplots where one or two would have been sufficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix
May 12, 2011
Jumping the Broom is the mess you get when you mix Romeo and Juliet with Are We There Yet? and Meet the Fockers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2011
It stocks its screenplay with more conflicts than it can possibly handle honestly in two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2011
The film's main thread, the class clashes, simply aren't enough to make this unnecessary movie worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2011
Family matriarchs played by Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine go up against each other in a wedding comedy that grows increasingly unfunny with each passing minute.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
April 29, 2011
Despite a large, lively cast, director Salim Akil's comedy-drama doesn't have anything new to say about love, family, or race.
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
May 3, 2011
While Jumping the Broom showcases rarely depicted class issues within the black community, the film still relies on wince-inducing stereotypes to delineate them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
May 4, 2011
Not particularly funny nor memorable, but at least [it] has a few saving graces due to a solid cast and doesn't leave you feeling like you wasted your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine
May 6, 2011
The film is written so unevenly that its virtues feel more accidental than deliberate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
May 10, 2011
I would have loved more talk about the meaning behind 'jumping the broom' and less moments of a mother desperate to hold on to her son.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
May 5, 2011
one muddled bit of matrimony
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 11, 2011
The contributions of some game actors are the only thing standing between the film and absolute irrelevance, as it attempts to be all things and in the process manages to be none of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2011
It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vineyard wedding in "Jumping the Broom." Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
June 7, 2011
This extremely formulaic time-waster offers little beyond its lame Hallmark greeting-card platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 4, 2011
Bowen is likable and has strong-enough timing to make these moments less cringe-inducing than they might sound. It's the rest of the movie that'll probably make you cringe.
Michelle Orange
Movieline
May 5, 2011
The scenes have a dreary, perfunctory feel, and the few laughs that make contact seem to have escaped from the air locker securing the film from any threat of natural circulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 5, 2011
...an entertaining enough sit which should please its target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 12, 2011
Sparring culture clash, crammed full of familiar stereotypes
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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