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What's the Worst That Could Happen? Reviews

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Time Out
February 11, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 12, 2001
It's worse than the title suggests.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 11, 2001
A pinpoint study in what not to do with an adaptation, as well as in why altering a well-known fictional character to suit a poorly cast star is almost always a bad idea.
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Ebert & Roeper
June 7, 2001
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 6, 2001
I'd rather watch a forgotten houseplant dehydrate and die.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
June 4, 2001
This is the kind of do-nothing movie you eventually quit watching on an airplane. Unfortunately, theaters don't supply SkyMall catalogues to take up the slack.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 1, 2001
Suffocated by its own plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 1, 2001
Now and then sputters to comic life but more usually wheezes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 1, 2001
It recalls those ragged '60s caper pics that now seem to congest cable channels in which the leads frequently play second fiddle to nutty supporting players.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 1, 2001
Unlikely to inspire rioting at the box office, unless it's by people demanding their money back.
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June 1, 2001
The movies come out desperate instead of deadpan.
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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
June 1, 2001
What's the worst that could happen? That the summer movie season won't produce a better comedy than this lame Martin Lawrence/Danny DeVito crime caper.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2001
The biggest misstep, though, is running the movie's best sight gag into the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 1, 2001
I don't know when a bad movie has made me laugh as much as this one.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 1, 2001
The stars have no edge to their performances and Worst never comes close to becoming 'best.'
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 1, 2001
Far from amounting to anything at all, except a fretless exercise in low-altitude farce.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 1, 2001
A dreary walk down comedy's Memory Lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 1, 2001
Bland, messy sitcom wastes its cast.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2001
Leaves moviegoers little to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
June 1, 2001
Despite a good plot idea and some interesting characters, the movie is rarely amusing, because it keeps trying to force the humor.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 1, 2001
Has too many characters, not enough plot, and a disconnect between the two stars' acting styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 1, 2001
The film starts out riding a pretty thin premise, totters along on the strength of a few one-liners, then slowly deflates, like a souffle made of synthetic eggs.
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
May 31, 2001
Answers its own question with botched gags, strained set-pieces, and a confused, upstaged star.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 31, 2001
Struggles to keep one amused as the premise tries to work in kooky supporting players with fitful success.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
May 31, 2001
The movie is a mess.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2001
A worst-case comedy that answers its own title question in every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 31, 2001
While good casting can't turn a bad script into a great movie, sometimes it can elevate a mediocre script into a watchable, passable movie, which is the case with What's the Worst that Could Happen?
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 31, 2001
The balance of the movie consists of Kevin and Max taking turns zapping each other for the thrill of the sport as the story devolves into a series of wacky set pieces.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 31, 2001
What's the worst that could happen? This witless mess of a farce starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito, that's what.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 31, 2001
Packed with gratuitous dumb moments.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 31, 2001
Veers unsteadily from believable caper to overblown cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 31, 2001
An uninvolving bore -- a caper comedy that replaces humor and cleverness with tedium and stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4