Top Five Reviews

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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.
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 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.
December 12, 2014
Top Five finds Rock in an elevated form, at 49. Things change, sometimes for the better.
December 12, 2014
Ragged around the edges and haphazardly hilarious though it may be, "Top Five" ultimately satisfies as an often raunchy ramble about celebrity, sobriety, selling out and sex, courtesy of the immensely talented but too-often subpar movie star Chris Rock.
December 12, 2014
Extremely enjoyable ...
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December 12, 2014
It's fun to watch Chris Rock; it's just fun. And there are parts of this film where it's fun to watch him in exactly the ways he wants it to be.
December 12, 2014
Welcome back, Chris Rock.
December 12, 2014
[Rock is] still not all the way there in "Top Five," his third effort as writer-director-star. But the movie has so many laughs it hardly matters.
December 12, 2014
An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
December 11, 2014
It's a slap-happy movie and often scurrilously funny - the sound of a gifted comic mind finally finding its onscreen voice.
December 11, 2014
A romantic comedy that's also an extended riff on art, identity, authenticity and what it means to be a black entertainer ...
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