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The Original Kings of Comedy Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2008
Footage shot from over their shoulders reveals a sea of faces out of which individuals quickly emerge, as the comedians -- especially emcee Harvey -- enthrall and provoke audience members.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Some segments are marred by poor sound quality. Others produce monster laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 6, 2008
A consistently hilarious assemblage of highlights from the hit concert tour of the same name.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2006
Easily the funniest movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The film offers more than just yuks, however. As in Lee's best work, the film intelligently discusses race and race relations, though this time through the guise of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This is comedy with a sense of showmanship, and Lee cuts shrewdly to the rhythm of the jokes.
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It is Bernie Mac who is the true King of Comedy here, following in the footsteps of Pryor and Murphy before him as he crosses from church-raised testifying, to furious black cultural theorizing, to barely controlled comedic genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
I laughed myself into a headache. I laughed so hard I was hoping they'd get bad for awhile so I could relax a minute, wipe the tears out of my eyes.
| Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 3, 2003
Apesar de praticamente se limitar a registrar o show dos quatro comediantes, sem jamais se preocupar com o lado humano destes, o filme se destaca graças ao humor cáustico e sem barreiras de seus protagonistas.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Are they funny? Most of the time. But the humor, passing itself off as insightful social commentary, rarely rises above simple stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Watching Spike Lee's concert movie is the next best thing to having been in the house when the Kings of Comedy caused a laugh riot in Charlotte, N. C. last February.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
It is during these intimate scenes where Lee's style is more clearly evident, using settings such as a basketball court or a poker game, along with inventive camera angles and editing to give a spontanaeous feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Frequently hilarious comedy concert film, directed by Spike Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Candice Y. Rigon
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 19, 2002
Bernie Mac is the best way to close out the show. He lunges straight into the audience's face, politically incorrect and proud of it.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
like most stand-up shows, has plenty of peaks and valleys... could easily have been trimmed by at least half an hour without any major losses.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 9, 2001
Seeing the film in a crowded theater is a lot more fun than watching it on TV would be, and the crappy, grainy look does create a sort of you-are-there immediacy.
Michael Thomson
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
It is a simple, straight forward record of four hugely talented African-American comedians, Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and Bernie Mac, as they bring the house down in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
March 21, 2001
It is, for the most part, funny, sometimes raunchy, and always from the heart.
| Original Score: 74/100
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
What comes out of these comedians' hearts hits the most powerful chord, and the audience wants more of it.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The key to such a movie's success is its ability to capture the 'you are there' feeling -- a task that The Original Kings of Comedy is largely effective at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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