• R, 2 hr.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Lynn
    On DVD:
    Aug 14, 2001
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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My Cousin Vinny Reviews

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Smart-talking comedy with Joe Pesci in fine form.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 27, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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While it's easy to imagine an infinite number of bad courtroom comedies based on this scenario, this movie turns out to be wonderful -- broad and low character comedy that's solidly imagined and beautifully played.

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May 27, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

Though overrated, this comedy shows why Joe Pesci was once an important film addition

| Original Score: 3/5

July 13, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It's a small, surprisingly gentle affair, prone to fits and starts, but fun.

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June 24, 2006
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Too dependent on convenient stereotypes and fish-out-of-water cliches, though the late Fred Gwynne is a welcome presence.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Big dumb comedy that somehow works.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

raucous and funny

| Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2005
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Excellent performances by Pesci & Tomei. Essentially a court room dramedy "My Cousin Vinny" makes some good points about pointing fingers. But mostly it'll make you laugh

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 26, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A very clever comedy

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 19, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Easily the most inventive and enjoyable American film farce in a long time, even during those extended patches when it seems to be marking time or when it continues with a running gag that can't stay the distance.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Pleasant time killer. Great Fred Gwynne performance.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2003
Christopher Null

Very funny fish-out-of-water flick and, Oscar notwithstanding, generally underrated.

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

February 2, 2003
Clint Morris

Laughs aplenty.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Dragan Antulov

Very pleasant.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

September 10, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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You might not remember much about My Cousin Vinny an hour later, but the cast makes the jokes (even the bad ones) go down easy.

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May 12, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Joe Pesci is a total screen pleasure. He grabs whatever comes his way -- from GoodFellas to Home Alone

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January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Weighed down by a dull setup featuring Ralph 'Karate Kid' Macchio, the movie gets a much-needed charge from Pesci, a bundle of bandy-legged impudence as Macchio's lawyer cousin, Vincent Gambini.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Greg Muskewitz

Both Pesci and Tomei create good chemistry and are at the top of their form.

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

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

A likeable comedy that delivers at least most of the goods.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle

There's a lot of wasted effort here trying to distract us from what we know good and well is going to happen. Nevertheless, it's time pleasantly spent.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
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