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TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2010
Co-scriptwriters Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, and director F. Gary Gray find as much humor in well-observed detail as in the oddities of the film's world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Friday has energy, and sass, and the nerve to suggest that the line between tragedy and comedy may be in the bloodshot eye of the beholder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
September 7, 2009
The original installment in the outrageous slacker trilogy starring Ice Cube.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2008
A new generation of black talent (director Gray, actors Chris Tucker and Ice Cube) bring verve to this much welcome comedic view of street life in South Central, after mostly crime and drug pictures set there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
July 25, 2008
A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 8, 2005
Synthesizes blaxploitation and pot-comedy genres and melds them into a colossus of unending laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 2, 2005
It has a certain crude, rambling charm.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 6, 2003
...much of the humor sailed right over my caucasian head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint Morris
July 11, 2003
Turns "Boyz N'The Hood" on it's head...simply hilarious
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This is a ruder, cruder version of the hip-hop movie House Party, and it offers a fascinating glimpse at the way street life enters pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
Hilarious hip-hop ghetto comedy. Chris Tucker's role as "Smokey" sets this one apart from it's mediocre sequels.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
An energetic and genuinely funny low-budget flick. This is why we wade through all the really bad ones; to find the unexpected pieces of comedy gold.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
November 6, 2003
Gray's direction is painfully flat, and curiously -- especially for a popular music video director like Gray -- lacking any interesting visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 6, 2003
Cube's charm and Tucker's frantic antics can carry the movie only so far before the wall-to-wall profanity, constant vulgar humor and male chauvinist ogling wear out their welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 20, 2010
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Director Gray tries (unsuccessfully) to create a '90s Cheech and Chong with inane lavatory humour, manic facial expressions, and plenty of close-ups of a tokin' Smokey. Passť the spliff.
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