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Be Cool Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2010
I was really glad when it was over.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 7, 2005
One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 5, 2005
Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 5, 2005
The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2005
If you're looking for a primer on the worst ways to adapt an Elmore Leonard novel, look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 4, 2005
The moment you formally anoint something as cool, you kill the qualities that made it cool to begin with, because coolness has no greater enemy than self-awareness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 4, 2005
Chock-full of the kind of power moments that are extremely useful in assembling a trailer. But the filmmakers forgot something: a good story to hold the celebrity bric-a- brac and shtick together.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 4, 2005
It can't decide if it's a comedy or a musical -- rocking ballads by Milian and a duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are sweet interludes but ruinous to any sense of paced humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 4, 2005
It's unchallenging but amusing enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 4, 2005
Like being spritzed by a bottle of stale seltzer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 4, 2005
There's really no need to pay much attention to the plot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 4, 2005
It's instantly forgettable, but smooth fun most of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2005
Travolta's best film in years -- as well as a one-man summation (with occasional sidebars) of what it means to be an icon.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 4, 2005
Keeps wandering off on tangents, and after a while its audience does, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 4, 2005
The book's various thugs, pistol-waving gangstas and Russian mafia are so cartoonishly portrayed they're about as scary as members of the Wile E. Coyote Fan Club.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 4, 2005
Utterly forgettable -- and, yes, utterly uncool.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 4, 2005
The movie lacks anything approaching a rhythm -- which, as everyone knows, is the record business' deadliest sin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
The film's one redeeming quality may be its eventual use as a thesis subject for some would-be Phd ('Be Cool: Deconstructing Hollywood at its Worst'). But that will be little consolation for anyone who wastes nine bucks on a ticket for this movie.
| Original Score: D
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 4, 2005
Nothing is more uncool than trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 4, 2005
What was keenly ridiculous in print seems clueless and uncouth onscreen now. Gray embraces the inanities Leonard seemed to be lampooning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2005
The picture is a bust, a grimly unfunny comedy with no connection to reality, and worst of all, running on and on for two dismal hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 3, 2005
Follows the form of the original, but always to diminishing effect.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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March 3, 2005
The bits with Cedric the Entertainer and his gun-toting posse struck me as a flaming racist outrage, and casting The Rock as a flamboyantly gay actor/singer must have looked funnier on paper.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 3, 2005
Perfect testament to what Hollywood does best: turn entertaining originals into dull sausage meat.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2005
Represents the mind-numbing antithesis of cool.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2005
Even Travolta seems disinterested in this bloated sequel, which revisits all the old gags but doesn't possess a tenth of the energy found in the original.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 3, 2005
[A] very marginal misfire.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 3, 2005
There's an excess of corn, confusion and chaos in Be Cool, but not much of anything you could call comedy.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 3, 2005
Tepid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 3, 2005
It's still jolly, goofy fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2005
The only worse thing than starring in a bad movie is using it to call up memories of a time when you were terrific. That's not cool at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 3, 2005
This stunningly inept movie is an early contender for worst film of 2005.
| Original Score: D
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 3, 2005
F. Gary Gray seems a clueless bystander, watching the new machine attempt to clone the earlier model's rhythms, gestures, and confidence, but never knowing which switches to flip.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2005
A bright, colorful misfire.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 1, 2005
A lazy, rhythmless, and redundant piece of moviemaking.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2005
Be Cool is not really cool as Get Shorty was, but it's entertaining, a frivolous cocktail rather than a vintage wine.