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Tower Heist Reviews

December 2, 2011
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...
November 6, 2011
Cheerfully crappy schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2011
So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2011
This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2011
Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.
November 4, 2011
The latest comedy-action film from director Brad Ratner is a shaggy affair, but it's intermittently inspired in its action sequences and the comic business of its sprawling cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
November 4, 2011
Between the protracted setup and the fizzled execution, however, Tower Heist finds a nice comic groove in the job's planning stages, when Murphy finally bursts onto the scene and pings jokes off his timid counterparts.
November 4, 2011
You really want these poor schlubs to get their very justified revenge - just like you want to like this movie. It co-opts you from the very start.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2011
Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2011
"Tower Heist" is an improbably satisfying action comedy, the kind of wax-on-wax-off, slickly machined Hollywood widget that meets its audience's expectations without once aspiring to exceed them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2011
It's a cunningly engineered movie that's as much fun as "Ocean's 11," a tale of a Renoir of ripoff who matches skills with freewheeling, improvisational rivals -- the Jackson Pollocks of plunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2011
Another thing Ratner is good at is not wasting our time when he runs out of ideas. But he leaves us smiling, if not believing our own eyes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2011
The most that can be said for Tower Heist, the new action comedy from Brett Ratner, is that it's a middlingly well-done evocation of the big-budget caper you remember with vague fondness from long-ago matinees at the mall.
November 3, 2011
Eddie Murphy reignites his inner firecracker in Tower Heist, a middling comedy caper that can't match its star's focus.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2011
"Tower Heist" might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2011
The type of film with which Mr. Ratner has claimed to be infatuated is itself like a caper -- it requires precise execution. "Tower Heist" is more like that 10-story Snoopy, as he drunkenly bobs along Central Park West.
November 3, 2011
It's hard to go completely wrong when you've got Broderick shuffling around in a bathrobe and Murphy scampering in black leather.
November 3, 2011
You won't remember Tower Heist an hour later, but the top cast makes the jokes (even the lousy ones) go down easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2011
Mr. Ratner goes for the safe bet and the easy score, which means that, for all his shows of solidarity with the working stiffs, he has more in common with the wealthy scam artist who took their hard-earned money.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 3, 2011
Devoting more time to the setup than to the follow-through, Tower Heist doesn't really build suspense so much as it builds impatience - for the thing to be over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2011
Comedy is funnier when it rebounds off a hard reality, and the money woes underpinning "Tower Heist" give the caper a solid bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
"Tower Heist'' is smoothly made and smart enough. It's not going for too much, but I laughed a lot, despite knowing better, which was more or less any time Eddie Murphy says anything to Ben Stiller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
Tower Heist constantly makes you aware of the buttons and levers the movie is pushing and pulling: There's something artificial and plastic about the film that keeps you from ever truly getting lost into it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2011
Tower Heist is painless to sit through, and the movie does pull off a few action set pieces that are vertiginously exciting. It's just too bad that Ratner isn't craftsman enough to keep this soufflé from collapsing.
November 3, 2011
"Tower Heist" is funny in the way of so many Hollywood comedies, meaning that individual scenes are often crisply written and played, but the whole doesn't add up to anything.
November 3, 2011
Like the scheming protagonists in the slick caper Tower Heist, the film's creators had some big plans that didn't exactly work out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 3, 2011
This is a sadly common example of a filmmaker designing his production for inattentive, lazy audiences who don't really care about story coherence or consistency. It's a "turn off the brain" movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2011
Boasts an unusually strong cast of actors, who boost the slick screenplay into a satisfying popcorn picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2011
It's harder to imagine a meatier-and more wasted-ensemble than what Brett Ratner has at his disposal in "Tower Heist.
November 3, 2011
A movie so elaborate that the New York Thanksgiving Day Parade plays a supporting role, complete with balloons and thousands of spectators, "Tower Heist" won't stay with you long. But, like popcorn, it's enjoyable while it lasts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
A generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2011
For what it is - recessionary wish-fulfillment escapism, with a lot of highly skilled familiar faces in its amply qualified cast - it's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
This isn't a great heist movie for a lot of reasons, beginning with the stupidity of its heist plan and the impossibility of these characters ever being successful at anything more complex than standing in line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2011
Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 2, 2011
Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 2, 2011
...things take a turn for the worse during the heist itself, as more and more ridiculous elements and obstacles turn up, and Ratner fails to sell them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 2, 2011
When Murphy's on screen in his classic comic mode, it's hard to focus on anyone or anything else. It's as if we've turned back time and erased all those family-friendly duds and lame laughers...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2011
Tower Heist deserves credit as a clean, well-turned job, fleet and funny and inconsequential. It gets in and gets out quickly... and leaves no trace once it's gone.
November 1, 2011
Puts a quality cast through their paces, alternates chuckles with spectacle and is pleasantly unpretentious with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2011
The big-budget pic goes wonky on the way to the bank, due to its lackluster pacing and shortage of the qualities that typically earn stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy their paychecks -- namely, laughs.
October 31, 2011
Ratner and screenwriters Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson use the financial mayhem as a plot trigger for an elaborate scheme that, however far-fetched, is all but irresistible in its criminal legitimacy and its promise for just desserts.
October 31, 2011
Toss everything you can find, starting with roughly diced plots, into the blender, press "Pulse," and pray: such appears to be the method behind "Tower Heist."
October 31, 2011
A shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy...