King's Ransom Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2005
Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
Marital bickering, a mistaken-identity sex romp and booty shots galore follow, but few laughs.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 27, 2005
King's Ransom is a wit-deficient barrage of obnoxious characters and second-hand punchlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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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
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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.
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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