King's Ransom Reviews

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Hollywood.com
April 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 19, 2009
This slapdash comedy barely coughs up more than a couple of funny scenes as the story moves in predictable fits and starts before sputtering out of fuel half way through.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The wordplay of the title here is the only slightly clever element of this extremely lame comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
The script, by TV writer Wayne Conley, shares some elements with the old Danny DeVito comedy Ruthless People, but humor isn't one of them.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 17, 2005
Anthony Anderson shows he can star in a movie without a kangaroo in this kidnapping plan gone crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
King's Ransom lumbers forth clumsily, choreographing its slapstick pratfalls with all the class and taste of a Courtney Love relapse.
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
August 1, 2005
The thing looks like it was written in a week, directed in two, and forgotten about by all involved in less than three.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt McKillop
Filmcritic.com
July 25, 2005
King's Ransom deserves to be bashed, burned, and have its ashes scattered over Hollywood
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2005
It is, quite plainly, like watching a movie that's trying to go out of its way to be horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2005
I couldn't pay anyone to see this movie. Literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 6, 2005
(Anthony) Anderson is funny, usually. Just not here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2005
Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 1, 2005
A mirthless comedy about venal people doing stupid things.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 30, 2005
Mean-spirited, unpleasant comedy about characters who are both nasty and stupid and who deserve every bad thing that happens to them. In fact, they deserve more.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
April 30, 2005
Byrd's romp through the most contemptible stereotypes of women, gays, and ethnic minorities makes his film unfit for just about anyone, never mind royalty.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 29, 2005
All these plots converge in a decidedly unfunny cacophony.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
April 29, 2005
Needless to say, as a cringe-worthy and excruciatingly awful comedy, you shouldn't pay a dime of King's Ransom.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
April 29, 2005
'Screenwriter' Wayne Conley's idea of side-splitting dialogue is to have characters repeatedly tell King to "kiss their black ass." Or announce that they just "pooted."
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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