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Soul Men Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 14, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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November 10, 2008
Considering the canvas the story provides, and the richness of the tradition it taps into, the amount and quality of the music is pretty disappointing.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 10, 2008
This one's only fair, but it has its low-down wiles and its moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It is not a perfect film but it is a nice, solid reminder of how great Bernie Mac was.
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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.
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 7, 2008
Unfortunately, [it's] not good enough to make up for the unnecessary proliferation of Viagra humor, rectal-exam jokes and comedy at the expense of women.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 7, 2008
While it's a shamelessly mediocre movie, it's not mediocre in the usual ways.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2008
Soul Men has a lot to overcome in its effort to be funny. The pall over it can be ignored only intermittently, at least for the time being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 7, 2008
The only good reason to see the otherwise dismal comedy Soul Men is to have a look at the late actor and comedian Bernie Mac in one of his final screen roles.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 7, 2008
So why is this film worth seeing? Because it's an ideal showcase for Mac's peerless comic chops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 7, 2008
Soul Men casts the best possible leads in the worst possible movie.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 7, 2008
We've heard this tune before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 7, 2008
Sort of a riff on The Sunshine Boys with hints of Dreamgirls, about all Malcolm D. Lee's relentlessly crass comedy has going for it are some amusing Motown-ish numbers and the chemistry between Mac and his real-life friend Samuel L. Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 7, 2008
There's a raunchy energy to Soul Men that cannot be denied. Even if the film is derivative, predictable, visibly low-budget and crude, it's also darn funny a good deal of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2008
There's nothing here you haven't seen before, but the genuine and infectious chemistry between Mr. Jackson and Mr. Mac and the irresistible energy of their performances is more than enough to give the movie real heft and momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2008
Mac was a magnetic performer with a long history of redeeming mediocre movies; unfortunately this is another one.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 7, 2008
Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac appear to be having a good time, and for most of this raunchy, poorly orchestrated buddy comedy, that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 7, 2008
Mac could have wished for better for his final film, but this is a picture about entertainers and damned if he isn't one
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2008
Soul Men has soul, but expects too much of its charismatic stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 6, 2008
Soul Men is a raucous, rambling comedy, offering some laughs, some groans and a feast for fans of the musical idioms it mocks and celebrates.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 6, 2008
It doesn't sound like the likeliest pairing, but it works surprisingly well. Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac make a winning duo in the bawdy buddy road-trip picture Soul Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 6, 2008
Though this is far from Mac's most memorable work, his appealing performance will undoubtedly remind the audience how much he'll be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 6, 2008
Soul Men is a chance to salute these masters of mirth and music. Take it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2008
No one could accuse Soul Men of originality -- it cribs liberally from countless buddy films and road movies -- but it offers enough energy and humor to overcome its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 6, 2008
There are moments of comedic fire that justify the presence of the two stars in the film, and us in the theater.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 6, 2008
You want a good time? Soul Men will provide it. You want to say goodbye to Bernie Mac? He wants to say goodbye to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 6, 2008
Soul Men is a raucous send-off for the late Bernie Mac, a gleefully profane take on the road-trip movie that earns its R rating early and often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2008
Jackson and Mac click. They're perfectly believable as 'funk comrades' from back in the day, polyester princes reduced to asking for the AARP discount when they hit hotels they once trashed in the best rock-star tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2008
It's just another grumpy-old-men grousefest with a gooey center, like The Sunshine Boys or The Bucket List. Even its musical nostalgia comes off as more concocted than felt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 4, 2008
The late Bernie Mac scores big laughs in this raucous, music-filled comedy.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
November 3, 2008
There's a nice chemistry between Mac and Samuel L. Jackson in this latest variant of the road movie, which contains comedic elements but actually works better as a drama.