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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 64

Critics Consensus: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins has moments of comic inspiration -- and long stretches of overdone slapstick.

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins has moments of comic inspiration -- and long stretches of overdone slapstick.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 190,076


Movie Info

RJ Stevens left behind his modest Southern upbringing and family name to transform into a self-help guru dispensing his "Team of Me" philosophy to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-TV-star fiancée and money to burn, there's no piece of the Hollywood dream RJ hasn't achieved. After his parents request that he come home for their 50th wedding anniversary, the TV host packs up his 10-year-old son and diva bride-to-be and heads back to Georgia. It's a chance to prove to his family that he's … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language and some drug references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Malcolm D. Lee
In Theaters:
Jun 17, 2008
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (64) | DVD (5)

Actors such as Michael Clarke Duncan, Mo'Nique, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer have been persuaded by writer-director Malcolm D. Lee to do crass routines that should have gone out with minstrel shows.

February 22, 2008
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

This is a loud, stupid, cliché-riddled mess.

February 11, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A talented comedian, Lawrence has leaned all too easily on formula for his successful films. Imagine if he would test his flair against original and fresh premises, instead of the tried and trite.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's little to distinguish this oddly mean-spirited comedy.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins reinforces the sense that movies are not about real life but about other movies.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Sometimes, with a film like this, one grabs for anything potentially redeeming. It doesn't happen here.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

great performances that will have the audience thoroughly entertained.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

Like a lot of Hollywood filler, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins' mandate seems to be to entertain and satisfy as many people as possible by sticking to a tested and proven formula, the result of which is it does neither particularly well.

Full Review… | March 7, 2011

Good cast can't save stereotype-laden comedy.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010
Common Sense Media

Easily Lawrence's best starring role. But keep in mind that's only compared to his other movies.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

All this said, there's a not bad movie inside of Welcome Home, visible in the quiet center provided by Margaret Avery.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008

For all the comedians, there just aren't enough jokes unless you are shooting for the revolting variety.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Daily Herald (IL)

Uneven, tasteless and just not all that funny, 'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins' is another non-stellar vehicle for Martin Lawrence.

Full Review… | February 24, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If Lee had actually directed his performers ... Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins probably would have been a better movie. But frantic flailing isn't consistent forward motion.

Full Review… | February 23, 2008

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins feels like a rudimentary retread of previously outrageous "black attack" farces... needlessly cluttered, unfocused and pointless...

Full Review… | February 19, 2008
World Voice News

a cast full of talented comedians and a director who obviously doesn't mind watching his cast go way over the top in search of raucous and randy laughs

February 13, 2008

Crosses the worst of Tyler Perry's 'old-fashioned values' preachiness (minus the religious stuff) with the leering crudity of the standard Martin Lawrence vehicle.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I laughed harder watching Norbit.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Ugh. Just ugh.

Full Review… | February 9, 2008
Mark Reviews Movies

Not even a soulful soliloquy before the closing credits about the importance of family could undo the damage already inflicted by this impressively pointless minstrel show.

Full Review… | February 9, 2008

Seriously, do you have to laugh at rib jokes? Do you really? All right, if that's what you want, don't worry. Hollywood will keep making these movies as long as you continue to support them.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Can Magazine

The internecine clash depicted between coastal elites and down-home folk goes beyond race to address universal themes about culture and family, so it's more than a guilty pleasure like sweet tea.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

... recycles so much material it's a wonder the film stock didn't turn green during filming.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Going home is no vacation.

The movie is funny and it's a nice family film. The story was nice and simple. Nice cast of actors and all were in sync which was a plus. Good movie to watch on TV or Rent.

A single father who has just found success as the host of an outrageous television talk show begins to question his path in life when he returns home to attend his parents' 50th wedding anniversary party in the company of his famous fiancée -- a reality television star -- in this crisis-of-conscience comedy starring Martin Lawrence. RJ Stevens (Lawrence) is a television talk-show sensation who has transcended his modest Southern beginnings to become the most popular self-help guru ever to grace the small screen. His show, "Team of Me," is a ratings juggernaut, his fiancée is a beautiful reality television star, and his pockets are always lined with large bills. There are few Tinseltown dreams that RJ hasn't already achieved, so when his parents announce their 50th wedding anniversary, the family-oriented television star immediately drops everything and sets his sights on Georgia. As a boy, RJ was always the target of ridicule within his family, but these days things are different; not only does RJ have a ten-year-old son, but his bride-to-be is admired by countless viewers all across the globe on a weekly basis. But RJ's egotistical West Coast attitude simply doesn't fly in the South, and when his lovable but relentless family refuses to cut him any slack due to his current superstar status, he must finally pause and take stock of the man he has become. Louis C.K., Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Clarke Duncan, and James Earl Jones co-star in a Southern-flavored family comedy written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Predictable. Guy wearing white suit drinking beetroot juice. Hmmm..wonder what might happen. Don't even start me on the "evil" girlfriemd. (We know she's evil because she doesn't want to "ruin" her figure having kids, and doesn't enjoy being around her partners quite uncouth family and - shock ,horror - wants nice things in life). This is just the same old family values trash that's been done to death - contrived and unconvincing

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer


Martin Lawrence is brilliant and bloody hilarious in this sensational funniest film of the black family. Great cast including the legendary James Earl Jones and the beautiful Nicole Ari Parker, but nobody's quite as good, or as funny as Martin Lawrence himself. But I dislike Mo'Nique in her character because she's a bloody bitchest sister making rude at the front of the family.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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