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Undercover Brother Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2002
First-time feature director Malcolm D. Lee doesn't have a feel for the material, blows one sure-thing bit after another and fails to let, or make his cast be funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 10, 2002
Instead of packing an R-rated, politically incorrect punch, the film goes for the easy laughs without getting too raunchy or violent, and the result is mildly amusing but mostly mediocre.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
May 30, 2002
Undercover Brother doesn't go far enough. It's just a silly black genre spoof.
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Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 31, 2002
"It's all just an advertisement for the funkadelic soundtrack."
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 31, 2002
There's not enough to sustain the comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 31, 2002
One can't help but feel that either the filmmakers missed some golden opportunities or that the source material simply ran dry before the picture could run its course.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 15, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
June 1, 2002
As hard as "Undercover Brother" tries to be a black "Austin Powers", it lacks the demented brilliance of a guy like Mike Myers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 22, 2002
The movie's contradictions of intent (opposing black stereotypes at the same that it's reveling in them) hinder it from making any real comic statement.
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April 24, 2008
funny at parts
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 9, 2002
Unfortunately Eddie Griffin is no Eddie Murphy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
I know we're not supposed to take it seriously, but I can't shake the thought that Undercover Brother missed an opportunity to strongly present some profound social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
June 10, 2002
'Undercover Brother' comes packed with possibilities, but can't keep its groove thing shaking with enough consistency to be any more than a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch that goes on too long.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 5, 2002
Eddie Griffin, who was so much better than the films that encased him with John Q and The New Guy, is certainly likable enough here, but he rarely lets loose with the kind of manic talent he evidenced in those supporting roles.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
June 9, 2002
The movie just has too much on its plate to really stay afloat for its just under ninety minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
May 31, 2002
The most excruciating 86 minutes one might sit through this summer that do not involve a dentist drill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Levine
Filmcritic.com
May 30, 2002
Sadly, contains too little of the fashion or the funk that made its predecessors so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 6, 2002
Even the soundtrack selections are second- or third-hand.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2002
Traffics in the kind of prechewed racial clichés that have already been through the corporate stand-up-comedy mill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 23, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopPolitics.com
July 9, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 1, 2002

Orlando Weekly
June 6, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 10, 2002

Boston Phoenix
June 10, 2002

London Evening Standard
February 15, 2003

FilmFour.com
February 18, 2003

Guardian
March 25, 2003

FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 6, 2006
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