Head of State Reviews

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April 10, 2003
A missed opportunity.
April 1, 2003
It's pretty much a toothless dog.
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.
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.
March 28, 2003
Not the sharpest political humor I've ever heard, but it gets my vote for the stupidest fun I've had in a long time.
March 28, 2003
Though the comedy falls short of a debacle -- which is what such egocentric projects tend to be -- it isn't as sharp, fast or funny as Rock's stand-up routines.
March 28, 2003
It's fast and funny and easily the smartest thing Rock has done in a long while.
March 28, 2003
It's mostly just bland and occasionally embarrassing.
March 28, 2003
A pleasing and occasionally very funny movie that maintains a mild but consistent hold on its audience.
March 28, 2003
[Rock] and Bernie Mac ... provide a furious combination of stylistically different but equally effective jabs at the status quo.
March 28, 2003
It hits easy targets with broad swipes, and its simple message is the same as Disney kiddie fare: Be yourself.
March 28, 2003
Ascends to caustic comic outrage every so often and is dopily amusing the rest of the time.
March 28, 2003
Based on Rock's awkward performances, it's anybody's guess why DreamWorks thought the comic was remotely ready to step behind the camera.
March 28, 2003
What it does wrong is hard to miss, but what it does right is hard to find: it makes an angry and fairly timely comic attack on an electoral system where candidates don't say what they really think but simply repeat safe centrist banalities.
March 28, 2003
It's difficult not to be dismayed by the script's predictable jokes and cliched thinking.
March 28, 2003
Now safe is commendable in a car or a household appliance, but it doesn't measure up in a comedy. Safe just isn't funny.
March 27, 2003
A political comedy that refuses to address a single real political topic.
March 27, 2003
Chris Rock was busy directing, producing, co-writing and starring in this light comedy. Given his hilarious stand-up routines, one wishes he had spent a little more time on the script.
March 27, 2003
Rock can't set up a decent-looking shot, and he doesn't care about niceties such as character development and all that narrative downtime in between jokes. But he nonetheless wrings biting humor from serious issues.
March 27, 2003
The low points are dull, clich-bound, even amateurish. But the high points are razor-sharp and fearlessly funny -- a hip-hop feel with a punk edge.
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