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Tower Heist (2011)



Critic Consensus: Tower Heist is a true Brett Ratner joint: little brains to this caper, but it's fun fluff, exciting to watch, and showcases a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy.

Movie Info

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeff Nathanson, Ted Griffin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2012
Box Office: $78.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Ben Stiller
as Josh Kovacs
Alan Alda
as Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick
as Mr. Fitzhugh
Judd Hirsch
as Mr. Simon
Nina Arianda
as Miss Iovenko
Harry O'Reilly
as Special Agent Dansk
Téa Leoni
as Special Agent Claire...
Peter Van Wagner
as Marty Klein, Esq.
Zeljko Ivanek
as Director Mazin
Michael Peña
as Enrique Dev'Reaux
eljko Ivanek
as Director Mazin
Annika Pergament
as NASDAQ/News Reporter
Robert Downey Sr.
as Judge Ramos
Max Russell Pratts
as Kid in Lobby
Nathan Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Spencer Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Jardo Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Julie Vilanova
as Kid in Lobby
Cynthia Patsos
as Kid in Lobby
Kate Upton
as Mr. Hightower's Mist...
Marilyn Kim
as Mrs. Jin
Omar Nicodemo
as Tower Security
Dylan Ratigan
as News Reporter
Allie Woods Jr.
as Mr. Newhouse
Monika Plocienniczak
as TV News Reporter
James Colby
as Special Agent Huggin...
Edward Noone
as Special Agent
Frank Pesce
as Riker's Prison Guard
Annie Park
as Girl in Mall
Christina Calph
as Victoria's Secret Sa...
Kevin Pariseau
as Swarovski Jewelry Sa...
Desmin Borges
as Modell's Sneaker Sal...
Brian Distance
as Tower Security Offic...
as Tower Security Offic...
Les Papp II
as Tower Security Offic...
Michael Stratton
as Tower Security Offic...
Dwight 'Heavy D' Mye...
as Courthouse Guard
Robert Clohessy
as Parade Cop
Jan Owen
as Mrs. Cronan
Lucky Park
as Lucy the Dog
Robert Christian
as Arresting Special Ag...
Mark Philip Patrick
as Arresting Special Ag...
Paul R. Hickert
as Arresting Special Ag...
Kelvin Davis
as Arresting Special Ag...
Chris Breslin
as Arresting Special Ag...
Ty Jones
as Shaw's Prison Guard
Ted Lochwyn
as Shaw's Prison Guard
Madison Knopp
as Charlie and Sasha's ...
Troy Hall
as Delivery Man
Julie T. Pham
as Huang's Wife
Bojun Wang
as Huang's Son
Juanita Howard
as Mr. Newhouse's Wife
Bob Roseman
as Josh's Prison Guard
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News & Interviews for Tower Heist

Critic Reviews for Tower Heist

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (43)

A crappy Hollywood blockbuster for the Occupy movement.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

It is a heist movie that doesn't care about the heist.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

The one-liners pop and the cast delivers.

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
Tribune News Service

All corners of the oddball comedy genre are squarely covered in a way that somehow seems fresh despite the well tried-and-tested formula.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012

What we end up with is a film that will have you laughing all the way through while at the same time reminding you that some talent never goes away, it just hibernates in smaller or inferior movies for awhile before that right project reaches them.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012

Tower Heist is too much fun too dislike. It may not be the smartest or even the funniest film of the year, but it does feature one very entertaining ensemble that makes for a great ride.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Tower Heist

Re-watched this last week and I gotta say it holds up very well. Still pretty funny, and definitely a good re-watch around Thanksgiving time.

Original review "Tower Heist" is kind of like a comedic version of the "Ocean's 11" movies. Alan Alda plays a millionaire who invests his workers pensions fraudulently, then loses it all. While awaiting his trial the workers, headed by Ben Stiller, decide to plan a heist and steal their money back from his penthouse apartment. The heist is very entertaining and pretty clever(although parts are predictable). The cast is very well rounded with Eddie Murphy, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe all taking part in the heist and providing plenty of laughs and some memorable lines. While the movie probably won't be remembered as long as some of Stiller and Murphy's other notable movies( "Meet the Parents", "Nutty Professor"), it is still worth a watch, and I could see a sequel coming out down the line. Good fall comedy if you need a laugh or just need to kill an hour or so.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Tower Heist had a great cast of actors to be such a bad film. I guess I expected more considering the actors the film had lined up. The movie was kinda funny. It had interesting characters, but I think what really made this film fall flat was the story. It wasn't too original and the whole take from rich and give to poor Robin Hood syndrome has been done so much. The film had moments and not enough of them to deserve more praise then what little I am giving it. I loved Gabourey Sidibe. She was the best part of the film. Eddie Murphy was over the top in his performance and ended up just annoying me. Not the best they could have done with a cast like this and it's a shame.


Super Reviewer

Funny movie, great cast. Inspired by Ocean's Eleven. A group of ex-employers led by Josh (Ben Stiller) break into the Tower to steal millions from its owner. The owner Shaw stole their pension fund and caused their friend and colleague Henderson to jump in front of a train. Slide (Eddie Murphy) is a crook that Josh enlists to teach them how to steal. All the interactions with Slide are hilarious but you can't help but think it's Donkey from Shrek talking. My fave character is Charlie (Casey Affleck). He is not very good at anything but is at the mercy of his brother-in-law Josh.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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