Bringing Down the House Reviews

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December 22, 2010
Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.
December 30, 2006
June 12, 2003
It's quite a mess, this catastrophe -- a racially offensive mess, too.
April 22, 2003
A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
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.
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
This is an early '80s Whoopi Goldberg movie.
March 14, 2003
A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.
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 10, 2003
The equivalent of a fast-food meal -- everyone seems to love it, it slides down in a hurry, imparts few nutrients, and has us skipping back the next day hungry for more. Rarely do we stop to ask why.
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.
March 7, 2003
The laughs should roll like thunder, but instead they mew like kittens.
March 7, 2003
The rare film that manages to be simultaneously bland and offensive.
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.
March 7, 2003
A gut-busting black-and-white culture clash comedy.
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.
March 7, 2003
This House is built on a shaky foundation.
March 7, 2003
It's inspired comic casting with rare feel-good chemistry.
March 7, 2003
While Bringing Down the House is far from perfect, it is still guaranteed to get you laughing.
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