• R, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tamra Davis
    In Theaters:
    Mar 12, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 14, 2003
  • MCA Universal Home Video

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CB4 - The Movie Reviews

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Film4

Partly scripted by Nelson George, the premier authority on hip hop, the film is not without moments of insight, and there are certainly enough gross-out gags to keep you watching.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 20, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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In parts it is hugely, monstrously funny.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

An amusing look at the early days of the gangsta rappers.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

One of the first movies to parody gangsta rap, it does so knowingly and affectionately.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 22, 2004
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A muddled but often funny rap satire.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 2, 2004
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

A fast-paced and frequently hilarious spoof of the old-school rap world.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2002
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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There's an unexpected innocence mixed in here that helps to blunt the pointed raunchiness (and political incorrectness) of the subject.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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If your mood is loose and profane, if you speak hip-hop (or you just like hearing it) and if you think Rock is funny (he is), you'll be glad you checked this out.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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Tamra Davis, a musicvideo director with the well-received feature debut Guncrazy on her resume, might have really had something here had she settled on any one of the many paths the movie starts down.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Torn between celebration and sendup, CB4 misses its big target as often as it hits.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

March 31, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

CB4 just isn't too funny, and one gets the feeling that the filmmakers themselves lacked the resolve or coherence of vision to mock rap in any effective fashion.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

December 17, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2005
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 7, 2004
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Resolutely lame in all the wrong places, CB4 is nowhere near the witty satire it purports to be.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As a series of ocasionally-amusing vignettes, CB4 is is fitfully entertaining. However, when everything is tied together into a cohesive whole, this movie is a colossal mess.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Though CB4 starts out as a fairly amusing rap variation of This is Spinal Tap! it quickly sinks into a raunchy, sexist series of off-the-wall gags that go nowhere.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
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