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The Original Kings of Comedy Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Is it funny? Sure -- although not as funny as the comics themselves seem to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
At times the material grows as repetitive as it is profane.
January 1, 2000
These kings ... eventually walk off the stage without the viewer knowing any more about them than when the film began.
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+
January 1, 2000
The movie could best be described as extremely inconsistent.
January 1, 2000
Little of the material feels distinctive, fresh, or insightful -- let alone edgy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
There's no world view, no scathing insight, no moment when you find your perceptions genuinely challenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
Though boasting four of the best black comics in the biz, this film by Spike Lee is not going to dethrone Richard Pryor Live as the funniest comedy concert film ever.
January 1, 2000
This is not cutting-edge comedy at all, but four strangely repetitive stand-up routines.
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.
January 1, 2000
You're still left thinking that the funniest man in the building was not actually in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Some of the humor on display in the movie is very funny, but much of it is offensive and demeaning.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
Harvey is a master of timing and tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
For about 3/4 of its length, The Original Kings of Comedy feels like the funniest movie of the year.
January 1, 2000
The comics really are good at what they do, provoking laughter from people of any race.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
January 1, 2000
This is an interesting experience, not so much for the four gentlemen named above, who all are very fine comedians. No, it is more for the cultural significance of this venture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Lee seems well aware that the reason to catch the flick is to catch the comics.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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