Down to Earth Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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February 27, 2001
The makers of Down to Earth were faced with a dilemma nobody would have anticipated: Boosting their star's screen time kills the comedy.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2001
When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ebert & Roeper
February 22, 2001
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Caleb Crain
Village Voice
February 21, 2001
Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 17, 2001
Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 16, 2001
A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 16, 2001
For a comedy, there are precious few real laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 16, 2001
It's pretty consistently funny, if far generations removed from anything original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 16, 2001
Affable but forgettable.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 16, 2001
Bland and unfunny.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 16, 2001
The movie is still mostly just a weak rehash of its already-light predecessors, and what humor there is mostly comes off as just plain, ah, stiff.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2001
Heaven can wait and so can the audience for the new Chris Rock comedy ever to catch fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 16, 2001
Doesn't feel fat or padded, like so many contemporary comedies, and its very leanness is appealing.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 16, 2001
At its best, Down to Earth is pleasant, relatively inoffensive vehicle for Rock, who, at least, proves that he can 'carry' a movie. But next time, please, no remakes.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 16, 2001
This medium-octane farce is neither as uproarious as its star and set-up promise nor as inept as every other studio picture released in recent weeks.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 16, 2001
Mildly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 16, 2001
Unfortunately, a lot of the potential for humor is wasted because the movie audience can't see what the people around Lance magically see.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2001
A feeble effort that feels interminable even at a lean 86 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 16, 2001
As funny as he is on a concert stage, and as smart as his humor sometimes was on his recently ended HBO show, the man can't act.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 16, 2001
By midpoint in the movie, you feel somewhat left out of the central joke. You feel as if the characters are in on the fun of the payoff, but not the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 16, 2001
Down to Earth feels like a movie placed in a cage by studio suits, the better for draining all daring and creativity.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2001
Dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
February 16, 2001
Down to Earth is a little too shipshape, too eager to please, not quite as anarchic as the best comedies.
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
February 16, 2001
Rock can't really be expected to pull off the love scenes, but for a man trying to reach the largest possible audience, his comedy is surprisingly uninspired.
| Original Score: 30/100
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 16, 2001
A pretty sloppy comedy with a very light sprinkling of laughs or even chuckles.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 15, 2001
Neither remotely romantic nor funny, but as a movie about a dead man, it is decidedly lacking life.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 15, 2001
Despite an energetic effort by the star, it's not a case of third time lucky.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
February 15, 2001
Often uproariously funny, blessedly short and never forgets it's a screwball romance for teen and adult moviegoers.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
February 15, 2001
Astonishingly unfunny.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 15, 2001
Rock rocks. His movie doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-