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Be Cool Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
January 7, 2011
Be Cool sounds like it should be good, or at least entertaining, but it's neither. It does have some genuinely fun moments, but lacks a strong narrative to hang them off of. The result is empty, full of contrivances, and ultimately unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 3, 2005
Instead of getting us to laugh, it only shows how desperate they are to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 7, 2005
...a film that could only have been excusable had Trey Parker and Matt Stone made it using puppets.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2005
One character after another, one scene after another, one cute line of dialogue after another, refers to another movie, a similar character, a contrasting image, or whatever. The movie is like a bureaucrat who keeps sending you to another office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
March 5, 2005
Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 7, 2005
Just as there's nothing lamer than people who think they're cool, watching a movie that thinks it's cool is tedious.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 2, 2005
They'll look look longingly at the screen, silently willing the movie to Be cool! Be funny! At least be somewhat interesting! And the hopes will go unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 10, 2005
A half-hearted, loosey-goosey sequel so floppy and laid-back that it just sort of lounges on a sun chair and soaks up the audience's good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2005
...the overcooked Be Cool's most disturbing flaw is how the hip-hop motif unfurls some of the most ridiculously honky-white moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Rocchi
March 3, 2005
Lethargic Get Shorty sequel has a slow-poke script, sleepwalking leads and more thought put into the product placement than the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 3, 2005
Be Cool is not cool (in fact, Aerosmith is so jurassically uncool, it's about due for an album-of-the-year Grammy), and it's not original.
| Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
March 9, 2005
Director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) has none of the facility with story and characters that Barry Sonnenfeld displayed on the original picture.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
May 6, 2005
There's some fun to be had here, but measured against Get Shorty, the movie doesn't fare so well.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 2, 2005
too amiably daft to be truly biting.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 4, 2005
This bumbling exercise in redundant replication is as disagreeably lukewarm as a heavily trafficked municipal baby pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
March 9, 2005
A desperate, wheezing mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
March 2, 2005
Painful to sit through. Except for Travolta & Thurman's dance, this is awful. Product placement everywhere and only Aerosmith's Joe Perry & The Rock keep their dignity.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 4, 2005
It's kind of -- hmmmm, less than good, a little better than not bad, almost all right, mediocre without being grating, sort of in the C-minus-to-C-minus-minus range.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 3, 2005
The Rock steals the show in an otherwise lame sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 3, 2005
John Travolta returns as the reformed mobster he played in Get Shorty. But while Get Shorty rode the Pulp Fiction craze with finesse, Be Cool is running on empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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