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Head of State Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 2, 2003
Well, it's no Pootie Tang -- but then, what is?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 1, 2003
It's pretty much a toothless dog.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
April 1, 2003
This film attempts to appeal to such a wide audience, it fails on almost every front.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
March 31, 2003
Bernie is downright hysterical!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 31, 2003
The satirical parts are sharp and funny while the broad comedy is banal and not funny. It makes for an insanely uneven movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
March 31, 2003
The plot is so whisper thin that even though I laughed throughout the film, I walked away unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2003
... I liked this premise in movies like Dave, or the Eddie Murphy movie The Distinguished Gentleman, where the unknown or the underdog becomes the candidate or even the president, but this is so poorly done.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 31, 2003
It will appeal to its target audience but, except for Bernie Mac's charm, ["Head of State"] is forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 31, 2003
The premise is pure Chris Rock but the execution isn't up to Martin Lawrence standards thanks to Rock's amateurish direction...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald
March 31, 2003
Delightfully hilarious yet awkwardly toothless
| Original Score: B-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 30, 2003
The most gratifying thing is that Mays Gilliam appeals to lots of voters in the film. Not just black or white voters, but everyone who feels disenfranchised with a system in which so many of our leaders are so unlike ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
March 30, 2003
...Head of State" loses by a landslide.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
March 29, 2003
Head of State is easy to like for its politics and humor but is hard to reccomend due to its uneven style and irrelevant complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 29, 2003
...the actors are never really allowed to develop characters; they seem to exist only to further the substandard plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 29, 2003
[Chris Rock] knows what is funny and how to get a laugh, and there is enough energy in the proceedings to carry him through this lightweight entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
March 29, 2003
Rock, one of this generation's smartest and sharpest comics, is reduced to treading lukewarm waters in a disjointed slaphappy hip comedy that can easily be dismissed for politicizing pap.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 29, 2003
Head of State, wacky jokes and all, turns out to be too softball. It goes for easy laughs when it should be going for blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 29, 2003
As a TV sitcom pilot, Head of State might have potential, but, on a multiplex screen, the execution (if not the premise) is thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
March 29, 2003
Comes closer to capturing Chris Rock's stand-up persona than anything else he's done so far.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 29, 2003
In its unassuming way, it's a most satisfying political satire.
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