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Bringing Down the House Reviews

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March 22, 2003
Why hasn't Spike Lee held a press conference about thing yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
March 21, 2003
Each performer charms the audience by presenting characters we like even when we shouldn't.
| Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2003
You have somebody as smart as Steve Martin, and as smart and appealing as Queen Latifah in a movie like this. To have such an awful, offensive story is a real disappointment.
March 17, 2003
Despite everything being there that should make it work, something was missing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
March 14, 2003
This is an early '80s Whoopi Goldberg movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 14, 2003
In a movie as obvious as this, we know exactly what is expected of people at specific intervals, and it's never very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2003
A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.
Read More | Original Score: C-
March 14, 2003
"Bringing Down the House" stars Queen Latifah as the wrecking ball, always a good bet these days, particularly since she knocked out pretty much everyone who saw her in her Academy Award-nominated performance in "Chicago."
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 14, 2003
It deserves to be buried in obscurity--if not burned beyond recognition--along with other comedies of its ilk, including Carbon Copy, He's My Girl, Soul Man and Chu-Chu and the Philly Flash.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 13, 2003
I could never decide whether Bringing Down the House was satirizing racial stereotypes or perpetuating them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 13, 2003
Director Shankman ruins a lot of gags with poor timing, brain-dead cuts and uninspired staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2003
The film presumes white people talking like black people to be original, and they were talking jive as far back as "Airplane!" (and probably a lot earlier than that!).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2003
Queen Latifah alone is worth the price of admission: The woman has enough screen presence for six movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2003
'A rewrite - one that played more off the straight-laced vs. laid-back dynamic rather than racial stereotypes - would have helped.'
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March 11, 2003
Over the last five years, the unfortunate but predictable upshot of a Steve Martin appearance in a project he did not write has been cynical high-concept comedies like 'Bringing Down the House,' a race relations-class war romp that's as unfunny as it is o
| Original Score: 1.5/4
March 11, 2003
This movie failed to make me laugh out loud so it must be in material breach.
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March 11, 2003
A Film in Which Steve Martin Will Appear in Full Hip-Hop Drag With Appropriate Slang for Not Less Than Six Minutes.
March 11, 2003
It's a rich-white-man- hangs-out-with-a- black-convict-in-order- to-channel-his- inner-blackness-needed- to-save-his-marriage- with-his-white-wife story.
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March 11, 2003
With enough good nature and friendly humor to still be considered a family comedy, Bringing Down the House also hits an edginess that will keep today's audiences laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2003
The script, like Adam Shankman's whomping direction, is obvious and formulaic, and pretty shameless when it comes to scoring laughs -- but, luckily, the film is filled with bright comedians who milk every opportunity.
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