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King's Ransom Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 27, 2005
Spurn King's Ransom as you would spurn a rabid weasel.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
April 26, 2005
Little in this film suggests 'director' Jeff Byrd and writer Wayne Conley possess any facility -- or familiarity -- with irony or any other comedic device.
Matt McKillop
MovieWeb
April 26, 2005
Achieves a rare form of badness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 26, 2005
The scenarios are halfway convincing and at times even passably clever; they are never, however, especially funny.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 26, 2005
With the humor in this lazy farce about as subtle as a shotgun blast to the face, it's possible to see the whole movie as an accident, the cumulative result of haphazard negligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
April 26, 2005
If you shelve out even $1 for this movie, you'll feel as though you've paid a "King's Ransom."
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 26, 2005
Doesn't pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2005
Somewhere in a pitch meeting someone must have piped up: 'I know. We'll have a guy named 'King' and he gets kidnapped, see? So there's a 'ransom'! King's Ransom, get it? After that, I've got nothing.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 26, 2005
Merely a collection of antics clothespinned to a plot.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 26, 2005
After a while, all these odious, yammering people start to sound a lot like Charlie Brown's teacher. And they somehow all end up together at a time and a place you do not want to be.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 26, 2005
None of this is remotely funny, despite screenwriter Wayne Conley's resorting to virtually every known stereotype about African-Americans and more crass references to menstruation and prison sex than have ever appeared in a movie rated PG-13.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2005
The Chronicle's Little Man was fighting an internal struggle to abandon his chair altogether, but was ultimately swayed to continue his nap, mostly by a few of the comics in supporting roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2005
Devoid of anything resembling wit or even guiltily amusing tasteless gags, the film lurches from one haplessly staged sequence to another, with the performers vainly struggling to infuse humor into the proceedings.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 26, 2005
One of those barbarically unfunny romps that would be over in less than 10 minutes if just one character had an IQ higher than a cherry Pop-Tart.
| Original Score: .5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 25, 2005
If Anderson can land the role of a corporate shark who's surrounded by hot babes, it's conceivable we could soon see Jennifer Lopez as the lead in 'Memoirs of a Geisha'...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 25, 2005
The desperately unfunny kidnapping farce King's Ransom is the cinematic equivalent of trampled chewing gum on a subway platform.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 23, 2005
Byrd haphazardly assembles a bunch of overly exaggerated caricatures and parades them around in a dissolving farce that has all the wayward charm of a botched lobotomy
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 23, 2005
The film's tag line - 'Big Man. Big Plan. Big Mistake.' sums up the decision to make the movie... big mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 23, 2005
Unobtrusive and virtually painless as an occasionally witty laugher, but lacks the courage of its convictions to follow through with its less commercial ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
April 23, 2005
You'll feel like the one who's being held hostage.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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