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My Cousin Vinny Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 30, 2014
The screenplay by Dale Launer has all the sophomoric qualities of a C- grade TV movie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of movie home video was invented for: Not worth the trip to the theater, but slam it into the VCR and you get your rental's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 9, 2005
Too dependent on convenient stereotypes and fish-out-of-water cliches, though the late Fred Gwynne is a welcome presence.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 30, 2014
Nothing makes a moviegoer feel more isolated than sitting stony-faced through a comedy that makes the rest of the audience laugh and cheer.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's a lot of wasted effort here trying to distract us from what we know good and well is going to happen. Nevertheless, it's time pleasantly spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This is a film that gets better as it goes along, but not enough better to make much of a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
My Cousin Vinny is the definition of obvious, and it's way too long (do films like this really need an hour's worth of setup?). But Pesci and Tomei make a first-rate team.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 30, 2014
The movie sags as Vinny sets out to demolish the patently shaky case and dubious witnesses for the prosecution. Pesci does his best, but a lawyer's suit on him becomes a straitjacket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
April 30, 2014
[An] enjoyable fish-out-of-water comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 24, 2010
Apart from Pesci being too old for the part as written, My Cousin Vinny holds up pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 30, 2014
I don't want to oversell My Cousin Vinny. It's hardly brilliant. But it's easygoing and occasionally quite funny and ultimately satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
April 30, 2014
The pacing is brisk and the energy of the performances is so palpable that even at its silliest and most contrived, the film is enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Laughs aplenty.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A likeable comedy that delivers at least most of the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2008
While it's easy to imagine an infinite number of bad courtroom comedies based on this scenario, this movie turns out to be wonderful -- broad and low character comedy that's solidly imagined and beautifully played.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
July 13, 2007
Though overrated, this comedy shows why Joe Pesci was once an important film addition
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
May 27, 2008
Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative b.f.
Christopher Null
February 2, 2003
Very funny fish-out-of-water flick and, Oscar notwithstanding, generally underrated.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 30, 2014
The regional stereotypes in Dale Launer's broad script aren't so laudable, but the on-screen talent merits a retrial: Tomei talks up a storm and Pesci terrorises thinly spread gags into near-shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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