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As smart, funny, and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock's best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator -- and one of the comedy standouts of 2014. Read critic reviews

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Though he began in stand-up comedy, Andre Allen (Chris Rock) hit the big-time as the star of a trilogy of action-comedies about a talking bear. Andre is forced to spend the day with Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) a profile writer for the New York Times, whose film critic has just panned Andre's passion project about the Haitian Revolution. Unexpectedly, Andre opens up to Chelsea, and as they wind their way across New York, Andre tries to get back in touch with his comedic roots.

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Critic Reviews for Top Five

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  • Overall, I appreciate what this film does in showcasing a more serious Chris Rock. I think it's his best film to date.

    August 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Top Five gives us a glimpse of [Rock's] comic genius. Just a tad.

    March 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • He finds a cinematic approximation of his act: free-flowing, unpredictable, personal, spiced up with pop cultural references, political shout-outs, and a decidedly hip-hop energy, and above all else, funny as hell.

    June 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Top Five is hardly in the same class as Stardust Memories but it is still manifestly cinema, rather than filmed comedy, and the gags are often visually sophisticated.

    May 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Beneath the meta-fiction and the lulz lies a genuinely warm romance in the style of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.

    May 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Rock's crass reliance on misogynist hooker gags and hot-sauce-up-the-ass homophobia routines means that an Adam Sandler cameo hardly seems out of place.

    May 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top Five

  • Jan 19, 2016
    Rumored to be a Woody Allen-esque Chris Rock movie, "Top Five" IS a pretty walky-talky journey between a B-list comedian with A-list aspirations and the journalist interviewing him, but I'm not really sure about the relevance of the inciting task of ranking one's top five favorite rap artists. The scope of the interview is more expansive than that. Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson eventually create some tragically beautiful missed-connection chemistry, but the movie is too slow throughout and too afraid to let the intimate conversation carry itself.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2015
    One of the funnier comedies I have seen this year. I did not like the story that much, but delivers some good laughs and a good cast. The end was heartwarming though.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2015
    The plot is often forced and seems unnecessary, especially since the film is at it's best during the rambling conversations between Rock and Dawson (or anyone else for that matter).
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2015
    This is a very unique and intriguing movie. Chris Rock's social awareness while writing this part-satirical/part-meta screenplay really pays off as it explores the life of reality stars/celebrities and their on and off screen personas. There are some hilarious moments, but "interesting" or "charming" are better ways to describe this movie. The cameos are also very nice. This film is Rock solid work.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer

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