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Down to Earth Reviews

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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
February 21, 2001
Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising.
February 17, 2001
Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2001
A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
February 16, 2001
For a comedy, there are precious few real laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 16, 2001
It's pretty consistently funny, if far generations removed from anything original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 16, 2001
Affable but forgettable.
February 16, 2001
Bland and unfunny.
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.
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
February 16, 2001
Doesn't feel fat or padded, like so many contemporary comedies, and its very leanness is appealing.
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.
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.
February 16, 2001
Mildly amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
February 16, 2001
A feeble effort that feels interminable even at a lean 86 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
February 16, 2001
Dead in the water.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 16, 2001
Down to Earth is a little too shipshape, too eager to please, not quite as anarchic as the best comedies.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 30/100
February 16, 2001
A pretty sloppy comedy with a very light sprinkling of laughs or even chuckles.
February 15, 2001
Neither remotely romantic nor funny, but as a movie about a dead man, it is decidedly lacking life.
February 15, 2001
Despite an energetic effort by the star, it's not a case of third time lucky.
February 15, 2001
Often uproariously funny, blessedly short and never forgets it's a screwball romance for teen and adult moviegoers.
February 15, 2001
Astonishingly unfunny.
February 15, 2001
Rock rocks. His movie doesn't.
Read More | Original Score: C-