Tower Heist (2011)



Critic Consensus: Tower Heist is a true Brett Ratner joint: little brains to this caper, but it's fun fluff, exciting to watch, and showcases a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy.

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Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. -- (C) Official Site
PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Ben Stiller
as Josh Kovacs
Casey Affleck
as Charlie
Alan Alda
as Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick
as Mr. Fitzhugh
Judd Hirsch
as Mr. Simon
Nina Arianda
as Miss Iovenko
Harry O'Reilly
as Special Agent Dansk
Peter Van Wagner
as Marty Klein, Esq.
Téa Leoni
as Special Agent Claire Denham
Zeljko Ivanek
as Director Mazin
Michael Peña
as Enrique Dev'Reaux
Annika Pergament
as NASDAQ/News Reporter
Robert Downey Sr.
as Judge Ramos
Max Russell Pratts
as Kid in Lobby
Nathan Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Spencer Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Jardo Malnik
as Kid in Lobby
Julie Vilanova
as Kid in Lobby
Cynthia Patsos
as Kid in Lobby
Kate Upton
as Mr. Hightower's Mistress
Marilyn Kim
as Mrs. Jin
Omar Nicodemo
as Tower Security
Dylan Ratigan
as News Reporter
Allie Woods Jr.
as Mr. Newhouse
Johnny Tran
as Huang
Monika Plocienniczak
as TV News Reporter
James Colby
as Special Agent Huggins
Edward Noone
as Special Agent
Frank Pesce
as Riker's Prison Guard
Annie Park
as Girl in Mall
Christina Calph
as Victoria's Secret Saleswoman
Kevin Pariseau
as Swarovski Jewelry Salesman
Desmin Borges
as Modell's Sneaker Salesman
Brian Distance
as Tower Security Officer
as Tower Security Officer
Les Papp II
as Tower Security Officer
Michael Stratton
as Tower Security Officer
Dwight 'Heavy D' Myers
as Courthouse Guard
Robert Clohessy
as Parade Cop
Jan Owen
as Mrs. Cronan
Lucky Park
as Lucy the Dog
Robert Christian
as Arresting Special Agent
Mark Philip Patrick
as Arresting Special Agent
Paul R. Hickert
as Arresting Special Agent
Kelvin Davis
as Arresting Special Agent
Chris Breslin
as Arresting Special Agent
Ty Jones
as Shaw's Prison Guard
Ted Lochwyn
as Shaw's Prison Guard
Madison Knopp
as Charlie and Sasha's Baby
Troy Hall
as Delivery Man
Julie T. Pham
as Huang's Wife
Bojun Wang
as Huang's Son
Juanita Howard
as Mr. Newhouse's Wife
Bob Roseman
as Josh's Prison Guard
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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (45)

On the plus side, 'Tower Heist' has a well-cast ensemble and makes great use of its mid-Manhattan location, including an incursion into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
Top Critic

Cheerfully crappy schlock.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Top Critic

Made me laugh and held my interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is. Call it an acceptable bit of B-minus work from a C student.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Top Critic

So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Alan Alda plays the billionaire, and his oleaginous smarm is so good that you almost wish Alda were starring in a hard-edged movie about Madoff instead of this goofy heist picture that takes way too long getting to the heist.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tower Heist

Re-watched this last week and I gotta say it holds up very well. Still pretty funny, and definitely a good re-watch around Thanksgiving time. *** Original review "Tower Heist" is kind of like a comedic version of the "Ocean's 11" movies. Alan Alda plays a millionaire who invests his workers pensions fraudulently, then loses it all. While awaiting his trial the workers, headed by Ben Stiller, decide to plan a heist and steal their money back from his penthouse apartment. The heist is very entertaining and pretty clever(although parts are predictable). The cast is very well rounded with Eddie Murphy, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe all taking part in the heist and providing plenty of laughs and some memorable lines. While the movie probably won't be remembered as long as some of Stiller and Murphy's other notable movies( "Meet the Parents", "Nutty Professor"), it is still worth a watch, and I could see a sequel coming out down the line. Good fall comedy if you need a laugh or just need to kill an hour or so.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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Tower Heist had a great cast of actors to be such a bad film. I guess I expected more considering the actors the film had lined up. The movie was kinda funny. It had interesting characters, but I think what really made this film fall flat was the story. It wasn't too original and the whole take from rich and give to poor Robin Hood syndrome has been done so much. The film had moments and not enough of them to deserve more praise then what little I am giving it. I loved Gabourey Sidibe. She was the best part of the film. Eddie Murphy was over the top in his performance and ended up just annoying me. Not the best they could have done with a cast like this and it's a shame.


Super Reviewer

Funny movie, great cast. Inspired by Ocean's Eleven. A group of ex-employers led by Josh (Ben Stiller) break into the Tower to steal millions from its owner. The owner Shaw stole their pension fund and caused their friend and colleague Henderson to jump in front of a train. Slide (Eddie Murphy) is a crook that Josh enlists to teach them how to steal. All the interactions with Slide are hilarious but you can't help but think it's Donkey from Shrek talking. My fave character is Charlie (Casey Affleck). He is not very good at anything but is at the mercy of his brother-in-law Josh.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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