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Soul Men Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
In the end, its lack of originality and extremely low sense of humor keep Soul Men down a lot further than it deserves. There's potential there, but it's never realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
November 7, 2008
What keeps this medium-grade formula picture from coming to a complete stop are the precious crumbs of genuinely funny comedic banter between well-paired stars Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
November 7, 2008
Soul Men just doesn't find the right rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
November 6, 2008
Too many of the jokes rely on bad language and gratuitously outrageous behavior. Jackson and Mac have moments together that add some fun and even a little bit of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2008
The plot outline for Soul Men could fit comfortably on a single note card, with room left over for a grocery list and a few phone numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
November 7, 2008
If Jackson and the late Bernie Mac weren't chewing up the scenery in an incessant game of one-upmanship, this might have worked nearly as well (as The Blues Brothers).
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 7, 2008
Samuel L. Jackson continues his tradition of inventive facial hair in Soul Men. And his tradition of appearing in movies unworthy of his talent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
November 7, 2008
Mac and Jackson clearly have such a blast singing and dancing you can't help but feel their groove. The rest of the movie should have jived as well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 7, 2008
In spite of its title, the film has precious little soul, but its real offense is being Mac's final on screen credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It really is bittersweet to watch Mac in one of his final performances. He makes the most of pretty average material here.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
November 3, 2008
Cannibalizes both the Stax/Motown era of soul music and the shopworn road movie with an equal lack of freshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 7, 2008
This is a perfect example of what happens when you try to combine 2 dramatically different tones into one movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
November 17, 2008
Soul Men spins an erratic tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 6, 2008
A funny picture, just not a consistent one, starting Bernie Mac's good-bye tour on a delightfully rowdy note, while reminding the viewer that as hilarious a man as he was, Mac had lousy taste in screenplays.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 13, 2008
Soul Men could have been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 7, 2008
The movie crams in myriad needless subplots -- ostensibly to provide padding, which only draws attention to how thin the original story really is.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
November 6, 2008
This is not just one of the worst movies of the year (which it would have been whether Mac and Hayes were still alive or not) but one of the most depressing movie-related experiences that I can recall having in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
November 6, 2008
Soul Men is pure mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
November 6, 2008
This tale of old pros quickly turns into amateur hour, with comedic hijinks way, way below the sort of situations these two vets should have to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
November 7, 2008
Another one of those movies that should have stayed the course with the comedy, instead of steering into the iceberg known as drama
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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