Top Five Reviews

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August 22, 2018
A weirdly hollow story that is neither funny enough nor moving enough.
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
April 17, 2016
[Rock's] high notes are higher than ever, his penchant for uproarious comedy intact, but his cinematic voice remains inexplicably lost in the din.
December 30, 2015
[An] overly self-referential comedy shot through with an uncomfortable dose of Serious Themes.
May 23, 2015
Rock has much to say about what it means to be a successful black entertainer in the US today. What, though, is he telling us when he makes the only significant white character in the movie the butt of a series of very dodgy homophobic jokes?
May 10, 2015
Chris Rock squanders an interesting idea with an implausible premise in this comedy about a superstar stand-up (Rock) who no longer values his comic instincts.
May 10, 2015
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 7, 2015
As a satirical attack on the inanities of the entertainment industry, Rock's flamethrower is set to no higher than gentle singeing.
May 3, 2015
The banter between Allen and Dawson keeps things ticking over, it's nicely shot and there are some amusing lines. But the rambling structure requires sharper visual gags and much tougher targets.
March 15, 2015
The time has arrived to finally come out and say that...Chris Rock is a mediocre film director...Given how perceptive, confronting and challenging his stand up work is, it's disappointing to see how tame Rock becomes when he gets behind the camera.
January 5, 2015
While Top Five is certainly Rock's best work as a filmmaker, it's also proof that he shouldn't quit his day job yet.
January 5, 2015
It's much less savvy than his stand-up observations.
January 5, 2015
As a director, Chris Rock makes a fine stand-up comic.
December 31, 2014
When it feels loose and lived-in, it starts clicking into place. But when it pushes its characters toward unearned saccharine, it feels as fake as the industry it's supposed to be satirizing.
December 28, 2014
Rock is sharpest in observational mode, riffing on Andre's career, but the movie falters when the routine plot devices kick in.
December 13, 2014
Rock is incisive in this new comedy but the film's reliance on crude and unfunny set-ups really prevents it from reaching the heights it's aiming for.
December 12, 2014
For an ostensibly soul-deep movie like this to work, we need more than smirks and scowls.
December 12, 2014
Full of uneven drama but where is the comedy!
December 12, 2014
"Top Five" will be hailed as revolutionary by some --- but definitely not by David or me.
December 12, 2014
If seeing Cedric the Entertainer naked in a threesome is amusing, then this is your kind of movie.
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