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Bringing Down the House Reviews

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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
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
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