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My Cousin Vinny Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2014
With such canny scene-stealers as Gwynne, Smith, Pendleton, McGill and Chaykin filling out the cast, it is very hard for My Cousin Vinny to go wrong, and indeed, for the purpose of pleasant Saturday night entertainment, it does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
April 30, 2014
Marisa Tomei, as Vinny's fiancée, imbues the most obligatory reactions with either a startling ferocity or a farcical ambiguity worthy of her character's name: Mona Lisa Vito.
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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
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2014
As Vincent Gambini, a swaggering pint-sized New York lawyer who only recently passed the bar on his sixth try, Pesci modulates his usual psycho-nuttiness and gives it some recognizably human, even melancholy, undertones.
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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.
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2014
My Cousin Vinny is a hoot.
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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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Variety Staff
Variety
May 27, 2008
Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative b.f.
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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.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a small, surprisingly gentle affair, prone to fits and starts, but fun.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Easily the most inventive and enjoyable American film farce in a long time, even during those extended patches when it seems to be marking time or when it continues with a running gag that can't stay the distance.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
You might not remember much about My Cousin Vinny an hour later, but the cast makes the jokes (even the bad ones) go down easy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Joe Pesci is a total screen pleasure. He grabs whatever comes his way -- from GoodFellas to Home Alone
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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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Weighed down by a dull setup featuring Ralph 'Karate Kid' Macchio, the movie gets a much-needed charge from Pesci, a bundle of bandy-legged impudence as Macchio's lawyer cousin, Vincent Gambini.