Top Five Reviews

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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.
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.
May 14, 2015
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 10, 2015
Beneath the meta-fiction and the lulz lies a genuinely warm romance in the style of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.
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
The film's trump card is its rigorous honesty.
May 7, 2015
Chris Rock approaches directing with the same fizzing energy that he brings to his stand-up comedy.
May 7, 2015
Rock is working some stuff out through a loudhailer, essentially, but the film's snap and energy make it well worth bending an ear.
May 7, 2015
Rock is no actor, but he rides a wave of funny, self-aware and outrageous situations, and this is always watchable.
May 4, 2015
Top of the pack and Chris Rock's best movie.
March 13, 2015
It doesn't always work, there are plenty of scenes you wish were better, but it's out there.
January 5, 2015
Chris Rock's Top Five is very funny -- no surprise there -- but it's also unexpectedly romantic.
January 5, 2015
As a director, Chris Rock makes a fine stand-up comic.
December 18, 2014
Multi-hyphenate Chris Rock kills in the hilarious account of a stand-up comic turned movie star that wants to be taken seriously.
December 17, 2014
As a writer, Rock sets up one volatile situation after another, no sweat, and as a director, he captures his performers at their most explosively spontaneous.
December 14, 2014
A seriously funny, semi-autobiographical film that might be the most accomplished work Chris Rock has ever done for the big screen.
December 12, 2014
It doesn't always hit its mark, but even its misses feel personal and unself-conscious - a genuine reflection of Chris Rock, auteur.
December 12, 2014
Like Rock's best stand-up shows, Top Five mixes the sweet with the salty, the naughty with the remarkably kind. It celebrates the darkly hilarious with the light of whip-smart observations.
December 12, 2014
For an ostensibly soul-deep movie like this to work, we need more than smirks and scowls.
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