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King's Ransom Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Doesn't pay off.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

I looked at the ceiling, not casting my eyes heavenward for assistance but trying to find something more interesting to look at than what was on the screen. The ceiling won.

| Original Score: F

April 21, 2005
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

Anthony Anderson shows he can star in a movie without a kangaroo in this kidnapping plan gone crazy.

Full Review Source: International Press Academy | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

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 Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 1, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Less amusing than being bound, gagged, and tortured.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 22, 2005
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 0.5/4

October 30, 2006
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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 Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: F

April 30, 2005
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Watching Anderson try to be funny is like getting a tooth pulled, or sitting through a Tim Burton DVD audio commentary.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D

April 22, 2005
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

Needless to say, as a cringe-worthy and excruciatingly awful comedy, you shouldn't pay a dime of King's Ransom.

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

April 29, 2005
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

June 19, 2009
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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 Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 23, 2005
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

It is, quite plainly, like watching a movie that's trying to go out of its way to be horrible.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 23, 2005
Mike Ward
Richmond.com

Apparently New Line has less discretion that Kid Rock with a 10-beer buzz at a monster truck rally.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com

April 22, 2005
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

King's Ransom must have been funny for somebody, but I think the rest of us will be underwhelmed.

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

April 21, 2005
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If Hell does exist, I'm sure the only movie theatre in town will be playing nothing but Anthony Anderson movies.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1/5

April 22, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The desperately unfunny kidnapping farce King's Ransom is the cinematic equivalent of trampled chewing gum on a subway platform.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 25, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

April 26, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Merely a collection of antics clothespinned to a plot.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

April 26, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

April 26, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

(Anthony) Anderson is funny, usually. Just not here.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2005
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