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Bringing Down the House Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 21, 2003
Each performer charms the audience by presenting characters we like even when we shouldn't.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
March 11, 2003
This movie failed to make me laugh out loud so it must be in material breach.
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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
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
David Noh
Film Journal International
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 10, 2003
The film dramatizes in a comic way a white upper-class fear of black underclass invasion... and suggests that, yes, maybe we can all get along...
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 9, 2003
Bringing Down the House is a hilarious comedy about a brassy and bold African-American who helps renovate the lackluster life of a workaholic tax lawyer.
Jeremy Heilman
March 7, 2003
The film only truly stumbles as it enters into its plot-heavy third act, which wastes a lot of energy, but still can't manage to satisfy the audience's desire to see Latifah and Martin fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
March 7, 2003
Shankman relies heavily on the terrific supporting cast for laughs, and he should be eternally grateful that they come through more often than they don't.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John Venable
March 7, 2003
It's an odd mix of entertaining yet irresponsible filmmaking...wait to rent it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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