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King's Ransom Reviews

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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King's Ransom lumbers forth clumsily, choreographing its slapstick pratfalls with all the class and taste of a Courtney Love relapse.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

May 4, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Marital bickering, a mistaken-identity sex romp and booty shots galore follow, but few laughs.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 28, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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King's Ransom is a wit-deficient barrage of obnoxious characters and second-hand punchlines.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2005
Peter L'Official
Village Voice
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Little in this film suggests 'director' Jeff Byrd and writer Wayne Conley possess any facility -- or familiarity -- with irony or any other comedic device.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2005
Justin Chang
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The scenarios are halfway convincing and at times even passably clever; they are never, however, especially funny.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 26, 2005
Gene Seymour
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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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Doesn't pay off.

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

April 26, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: .5/4

April 26, 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
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/4

April 26, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

April 26, 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
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