Tower Heist Reviews

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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.
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.
November 4, 2011
So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.
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.
November 4, 2011
This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama.
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.
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.
November 4, 2011
Tower Heist is no great shakes as art but it does contain witty moments and a fine if unlikely denouement.
November 4, 2011
Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 3, 2011
This looks like the umpteenth draft of a script that no one was entirely happy with.
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.
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.
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