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Tower Heist (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 124 | Rotten: 58

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.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 17

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.

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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 Site

Feb 21, 2012

$78.0M

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All Critics (183) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (58) | DVD (3)

Cheerfully crappy schlock.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (9)
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Made me laugh and held my interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is. Call it an acceptable bit of B-minus work from a C student.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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Alan Alda plays the billionaire, and his oleaginous smarm is so good that you almost wish Alda were starring in a hard-edged movie about Madoff instead of this goofy heist picture that takes way too long getting to the heist.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (5)
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Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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It is a heist movie that doesn't care about the heist.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

The one-liners pop and the cast delivers.

December 29, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-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.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Feels more like a droll drama than an actual comedy, and it could have worked on those merits, but the stilted comedic asides rob the film of genuine weight.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

A funny, if farfetched, revenge fantasy for folks bilked by the likes of Bernie Madoff.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Tower Heist succeeds because of Eddie Murphy's snarky performance, and fun turns from the rest of the cast. But the heist itself is a little dumb and the story is riddled with plot holes.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Occupy this: A feisty and funny heist movie with a nice turn by some guy named Eddie Murphy.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's the Occupy Movement ethos via a comedy crime caper.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

The movie is no fun, except when Murphy is around, which isn't nearly enough.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comment (1)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Tower Heist is an entertaining crime comedy that features solid popcorn filmmaking from Brett Ratner and a big time cast having fun.

December 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

One can't help but feel there must have been a little more meat on the bones of the script at some point.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

A thoroughly entertaining heist movie with enough ballast to make it real, and also enough comedy to make it a great entertainment

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Brilliantly executed with hilarious ideas and a first-class cast, Tower Heist is a sparkling and original caper

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

A casual heist movie that's played for laughs, not smarts.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)
Moviedex

A just-for-fun, feel-good people's picture -- and and one that never gets on its high horse and preaches to get there.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

The presence of an almost sleepwalking Eddie Murphy as a motor mouth criminal simply adds to the sense of resources neglected.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The heist of the film's title is thus premised on a desire for revenge that seems timely, but is more formulaic.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

On the plus side, 'Tower Heist' has a well-cast ensemble and makes great use of its mid-Manhattan location, including an incursion into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

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.
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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.
December 3, 2013
Everett Johnson

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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.
March 29, 2013
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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.
October 14, 2012
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Pleasantly surprised, Tower Heist isn't half as bad as I'd been lead to believe. I thought the cast were good and worked well together, I liked the story, I didn't find it predictable and I liked the end. I was entertained pretty much throughout and I even laughed a couple of times. Very easy viewing.
August 2, 2012
SirPant

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    1. Josh Kovacs: Checkmate.
    – Submitted by David E (16 months ago)
    1. Charlie: It's the FBI lady, and two cops.
    2. Enrique Dev'Reaux: Shit, we haven't done anything yet!
    – Submitted by Directors C (20 months ago)
    1. Slide: What you trying to steal?
    2. Josh Kovacs: Twenty Million Dollars.
    3. Slide: Let's go grab a bite to eat.
    – Submitted by Connor B (21 months ago)
    1. Josh Kovacs: You think Steve McQueen is the coolest cat that ever lived? Well guess what, today Steve McQueen is my little bitch!
    – Submitted by Noah L (2 years ago)
    1. Josh Kovacs: Slide, we gotta use the truck. Where are the keys?
    2. Slide: Under the sun visor.
    3. Mr. Fitzhugh: You leave the keys? In New York?
    4. Slide: It's a stolen car!
    5. Mr. Fitzhugh: You brought a stolen car? To a robbery?
    – Submitted by Noah L (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Fitzhugh: Were plotters. We plotted. That's a crime right?
    – Submitted by Austin G (2 years ago)
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