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The Cookout Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2010
The very definition of an easy target--and, in all fairness, it deserves every last bit of criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 5, 2007
Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
This is one dull party.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 9, 2005
Uma "comédia" sem a menor graça que, com seus estereótipos ofensivos a brancos, negros e homossexuais, falha não só do ponto de vista cinematográfico, mas também humano.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
January 19, 2005
...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 31, 2004
It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 19, 2004
Everything else here -- from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem -- is sour to taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
September 14, 2004
Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 11, 2004
The movie unfolds in the most perfunctory fashion. At least the food looks good.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 11, 2004
It does provide some true laughs and, incredibly, some real humanity.
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2004
Director Lance Rivera raises some legitimate questions about moving up versus selling out and the commodification of professional athletes, but he couldn't care less about answering them.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 10, 2004
Rippin' and Dippin'
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 9, 2004
This is one more entry in the long list of 'urban comedies' that dish out the kind of humor that would probably spark protests if the filmmakers weren't African-American.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
Rivera and a host of screenwriters were apparently as cowed by Lady Em as Todd; she sucks up much of the screen time, and admirable though her family values may be, they're not exactly rip-roaring funny.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 9, 2004
There might have been a decent comedy here if someone had remembered to insert some actual humor.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2004
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 8, 2004
The few high points hardly add up to enough to keep this barbecue grill from just fizzling out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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