• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Doug McHenry
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 25, 2001
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Kingdom Come Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned yet wholly misguided piece of work that effectively wastes its talented cast...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2010
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

There's nothing original about this film, but it does boast a solid anchor in Goldberg and include some pretty good acting around her.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The script, like the direction by Doug McHenry, relies too heavily for comic effect on broad comic contrivances and high-volume arguments.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2002
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

It takes this stock situation and gives it moments of discovery, as well as an emotional showiness that's sometimes hard to resist.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 23, 2001
Ted Murphy

With its universal themes, Kingdom Come offers a great deal to enjoy, from its stellar cast to its entertaining screenplay

Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2001
Michael Dequina

Something is amiss when gentleness is the most memorable element of the film that desperately wants to be a rollicking gutbuster.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 3, 2001
David Noh
Film Journal International

As performed by a wonderful all-star cast, this hybrid low comedy and heart-tugging soap opera proves richly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 30, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

Develops an uncommonly warm and compassionate tone.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

April 16, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A heavyset daughter who never talks but eats a lot is named Delightful, which is supposed to be funny. That pretty much sums up the movie's comic tone.

Full Review Source: USA Today

April 13, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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While Kingdom Come follows the formula for comic combustibility, it's even more inert than Bud, who at least comes to life for a brief fantasy sequence.

April 13, 2001
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

It is difficult to find anything interesting about the onscreen bickering and distress concerning repeatedly harped-upon issues.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

April 13, 2001


The script and plot become far too predictable -- to the point that the audience knows exactly where it's going to go and reluctantly follows it.

Full Review Source: BeatBoxBetty.com

April 12, 2001
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The all-star ensemble of Kingdom Come overcome most of the bumps in their path.

April 12, 2001
Dave White

Awful because it's full of archaic stereotypes, glaringly bad performances and enough Parent 'Hood-ish sitcom yuks to give Spike Lee an arm-length list of reasons to make Bamboozled 2 in response.

Full Review Source: IFilm

April 12, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The structure and style are a staple of many traveling black stage shows ... What slays them in the second balcony, though, flattens on the screen.

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

April 12, 2001
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A mediocre sitcom writ large.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

April 12, 2001
Gemma Files

The comedy sequences are routinely played for the very broadest sort of slapstick, which makes its abrupt attempts to switch gears back into genuine dramatic emotion-mode all the more impossible to sustain.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

April 12, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Manages to be profound without being pompous.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 11, 2001
Stephen Miller
TV Guide's Movie Guide

LL Cool J and his co-stars, Devine and Goldberg, fare better than their castmates, all of whom deserve stronger material than screenwriters David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones's predictable, forgiveness-themed script provides.

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

April 11, 2001
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

You get the sense that many of the characters and much of the raucous familial wrangling would have worked better in a theatrical setting.

April 11, 2001
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