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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.
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Rock is no actor, but he rides a wave of funny, self-aware and outrageous situations, and this is always watchable.
It doesn't always work, there are plenty of scenes you wish were better, but it's out there.
Chris Rock's Top Five is very funny -- no surprise there -- but it's also unexpectedly romantic.
As a director, Chris Rock makes a fine stand-up comic.
A seriously funny, semi-autobiographical film that might be the most accomplished work Chris Rock has ever done for the big screen.
It doesn't always hit its mark, but even its misses feel personal and unself-conscious - a genuine reflection of Chris Rock, auteur.
Rock's script isn't afraid to get raunchy, sometimes a little too much, but there is a bit of heart at the center. Dawson and Rock have the chemistry to make it work, even when it feels a little contrived.
Let's hope that this wasn't just a one-off for the comedian, but something tells me that he has much more to say.
Though Rock is funny throughout the film, the story would have collapsed in the absence of the cameos.
A weirdly hollow story that is neither funny enough nor moving enough.
The film, like Rock, is impressive, gritty, real to the bone and sidesplittingly funny.
This is not only the best movie thing accomplished stand-up comic Chris Rock will probably ever do. It is also one of the coolest and most endearing rom-coms of the past few years.
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.
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.
Made me laugh and think. Launk? Thingh? Anyway - see it, you won't be sorry.
Beat my expectations by a long shot...
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