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Bringing Down the House Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 26, 2012
It's a wheezing, rusted machine of cheap jokes, cartoon performances, and crummy plotting, using shock value and insensitivity to make its painfully unfunny points.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 12, 2012
Everything about this film is painfully familiar, except, perhaps, for the vicious-but-comic catfight between Latifah and Missi Pyle, who plays a high-society gold digger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
You're better off ignoring this junk and saving your time.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
If you've seen the commercials for Bringing Down the House, you already know the movie's best moments and most memorable lines...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Irreverent but perhaps not funny enough, "Bringing Down the House" gives Queen Latifah the chance to shine opposite Steve Martin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 9, 2003
Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, and Eugene Levy manage to squeeze laughs out of a totally generic, manufactured script that's drowning in odd couple formula.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
It's completely forgettable and unoriginal, but it might make a good rental on a slow family movie night.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...manages to remain entertaining in spite of the lackluster script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 25, 2003
Steve Martin used to be a wild and crazy guy. Now he's as bland as his hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 24, 2003
Qualquer filme que tente provocar risos através de animais vestidos com 'roupas engraçadas' está claramente ciente de suas deficiências.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 10, 2003
Kudos to Steve Martin for choosing this script. He's laughing all the way to the bank. The audience isn't as lucky.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 28, 2003
I think it was after Betty White told Steve Martin's son not to "wear his hair like a ***" that I thought about walking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 7, 2003
If the idea of actress Betty White using the term 'Negro' sounds hilarious to you then maybe this is a your kind of shallow humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2003
The friction between [Martin's] button-down lawyer, Peter Sanderson, and ghetto-fabulous fugitive Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah) produces dazzling comic sparks in an otherwise stale set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 10, 2003
At some point during Bringing Down the House, I covered my face ... I haven't had that kind of reaction to a movie in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 6, 2003
Are old white guys trying to act like young black girls still funny? Whoever keeps writing these kinds of scripts really needs to be hurt (or at least forced to stand naked holding up a sign in NYC with their script scrawled on the front).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 26, 2003
Just because Larry King called this "One of the funniest movies ever" doesn't mean the rest of us have to similarly lose control of our mental faculties. Still, this isn't nearly as awful as its reputation, thanks mainly to its three central performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
Charlene establishes herself early on as manipulative and untrustworthy, which could lead to wicked fun if the film stayed true to this side of her character. Instead, like Hollywood clockwork, Charlene morphs into a good influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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