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Bringing Down the House Reviews

April 22, 2003
A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 14, 2003
A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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 9, 2003
The material is thin and pandering and almost criminally negligent in bypassing opportunities for humor.
March 7, 2003
It's a sorry situation when actors as talented and funny as Queen Latifah and Steve Martin waste their efforts in an offensive exercise that feels like a bad sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2003
The laughs should roll like thunder, but instead they mew like kittens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2003
The rare film that manages to be simultaneously bland and offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2003
This is strictly formula stuff, made worse by an utterly careless depiction of the characters, whose road to friendship is neither believable nor remotely accounted for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 7, 2003
A gut-busting black-and-white culture clash comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2003
Like one of those overbearing relatives who bursts into the living room, invited or not, and shatters your domestic tranquility with a barrage of soggy platitudes and moldy jokes, both of which he's sure you've never heard before.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2003
This House is built on a shaky foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
It's inspired comic casting with rare feel-good chemistry.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 7, 2003
While Bringing Down the House is far from perfect, it is still guaranteed to get you laughing.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 7, 2003
It's depressingly tame stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2003
The kind of comedy whose best bits have already surfaced in the coming attractions trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
A comedy is not allowed to end with the couples incorrectly paired. It goes against the deeply traditional requirements of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
There's no shortage of laughs, thanks to some sharp one-liners, two stars at the top of their game, and a solid supporting cast of veteran laugh-getters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2003
An embarrassment for all concerned, this witless, odd-couple comedy slings separate but equal gibes at blacks and whites... and still manages to ridicule gays and Hispanics.
March 7, 2003
The movie appears to have been made for an audience that considers the idea of black people terribly exotic.
March 7, 2003
A movie where each scene seems to stand in a world of its own: funny; tasteless; stale; very funny; what on earth were they thinking?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2003
The sitcom shtick wears thin after a while.
March 7, 2003
... Martin doesn't have his A-game here. Bringing Down the House is a passable little comedy, but the white-haired funnyman is neither wild nor crazy.
March 6, 2003
High-school cafeteria soup has more flavor than this bland, tepid throwback.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 6, 2003
A movie that desperately wants [Latifah's] hip, her edge and mostly her blackness but doesn't know what to do with the human being who comes with the package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 6, 2003
A gut-busting, stereotype-busting slapstick comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2003
This is one high-concept, please-the-masses comedy that works.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 6, 2003
Even the director's flat-footed moves can't quell Martin and Latifah, whose combined energy is fearsome and sometimes most amusing.
March 6, 2003
Diehard fans of any of these stars [Martin, Latifah, Levy, Plowright and White] may be amused -- the movie is, at times, an amusing diversion -- but most will probably find it wanting.
March 6, 2003
Viewers may be more likely to ride with Martin's and Latifah's good vibes than to analyze the lunkheaded racial politics, but very little is fresh here.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 6, 2003
[Latifah's] got sass and smarts aplenty, powering the most interesting character here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 6, 2003
Coarse, poorly tuned comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 1, 2003
Bringing Down the House offers proof that there are times when superior performances can salvage a mediocre script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2003
Questionably tasteful but often laugh-out-loud funny.