Top Five Reviews

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February 2, 2021
Rock and Dawson spark in long, uncut scenes of dialogue that echo Before Midnight. Flirting and sparring throughout the film, they are at the heart of the story but Rock has populated the movie with other interesting characters and cameos.
July 16, 2020
On one hand, it's an insightful examination of fame and artistic freedom. On the other, it's a sexual comedy of the most obscene nature.
November 27, 2019
Top Five...finally gives Rock the filmic vehicle he has needed since he tried to transition to the screen.
June 24, 2019
Big laughs and believable vulnerability. But it also has aged faster than Indiana Jones Nazis unable to spot the cup of a carpenter and relies on truly retrograde eye-rolling plot turns about reporters' motives.
May 10, 2019
Featuring the funniest sex scene since Team America, and a film-stealing cameo from an unexpected rapper, Top Five is such an enjoyable watch that it's easy to ignore how slick and clever it often is.
January 25, 2019
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.
December 8, 2018
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.
August 28, 2018
Though Rock is funny throughout the film, the story would have collapsed in the absence of the cameos.
August 22, 2018
A weirdly hollow story that is neither funny enough nor moving enough.
August 20, 2018
The film, like Rock, is impressive, gritty, real to the bone and sidesplittingly funny.
July 6, 2018
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.
June 12, 2018
This movie attacks comedy in so many various ways: snark, sarcasm, quips, one-lines, everything on such an intellectual level, especially if you know the pop culture references being made via certain moments in hip-hop or mainstream media.
December 2, 2017
Chris Rock bleeds many elements of his stand-up comedy routine into a person that is simply sick and tired of being famous for lowbrow pandering slapstick comedy, possibly like himself
October 16, 2017
I went into Chris Rock's Top Five with a checklist of expectations, and I am happy to say that my expectations were met, and even exceeded in places.
August 17, 2017
To watch this film is to see Chris [Rock]'s - and every comedian's - turbulent, messy, passionate, longstanding romance with his craft
August 16, 2017
Top Five does the trick.
August 15, 2017
Overall, I appreciate what this film does in showcasing a more serious Chris Rock. I think it's his best film to date.
August 14, 2017
The romance is contrived; the sexual jokes rarely land; and the cameos seem more for show than for storytelling. That's not to say that I didn't laugh, or enjoy it, but it's horribly predictable, and about as frequently tasteless as it is charming
March 21, 2017
Top Five gives us a glimpse of [Rock's] comic genius. Just a tad.
June 7, 2016
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.
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