The Cookout Reviews

January 5, 2007
Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.
January 5, 2007
This is one dull party.
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.
September 9, 2004
Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.
September 8, 2004
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
September 7, 2004
The pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of Family Matters.
September 7, 2004
Proceeds at a rambling pace without developing much in the way of comic momentum or scoring many laugh-out-loud high points.
September 7, 2004
The jokes are not just stale; they can also be labor-intensive.
September 7, 2004
Lacks flavor, laughs and insight.
September 7, 2004
A feeble mess.
September 7, 2004
A lifeless comedy featuring a cast of familiar faces who must have needed the paycheck.
September 7, 2004
The Cookout is good-natured but it's a dud.
September 7, 2004
The actual get-together is more like soggy leftovers served with cheap laughs and even cheaper sentiment.
September 7, 2004
While it claims to be about great American values such as family and love, it's been made with nary a lick of TLC.
September 4, 2004
Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled Barbershop but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.
September 4, 2004
The cast is, for the most part, fun, and the story addresses themes of family togetherness and humility in a way that won't make you gag.