Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 38
  2. Negative: 15 out of 38
  1. 38
    A classic species of bore: a self-referential movie with no self to refer to. One character after another, one scene after another, one cute line of dialogue after another, refers to another movie, a similar character, a contrasting image, or whatever.
  2. 38
    A forced and wholly unnecessary sequel.
  3. How to count the ways that Be Cool isn't? For one thing, it looks terrible: grainy, ill-lit, edited with blunt, rusty shears.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Blunderingly out-of-touch, star-studded embarrassment of a sequel.
  5. Recycling is a good idea in principle, but certain products should be sent directly to a landfill without re-use. Be Cool, the feeble film follow-up to "Get Shorty," is one of them.
  6. 30
    The sweet nostalgia of Travolta and Thurman's reprise of their "Pulp FIiction" dance-floor flirtation cuts through a lot of rubbish, including the Black Eyed Peas' smutty "Sexy."
  7. Although Travolta is as smooth as ever, the picture is a bust, a grimly unfunny comedy with no connection to reality, and worst of all, running on and on for two dismal hours.
  8. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    A staggeringly flat sequel that trades filmdom for the music bizbiz and could hardly be less cool.
  9. Where there was effortless cool in the first movie, there is nothing but manufactured posing here.
  10. Director F. Gary Gray doesn't have a clue about how to film this couple dancing, and Peter Steinfeld's crude script confuses character with shtick while racing us through a story where loyalties and motivations turn on a dime.
  11. 25
    You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, "Please make it stop!"
  12. The overlong comedy has few laughs and flirts far too much with racist, homophobic humor. A waste of a fine cast.
  13. 25
    Barely any of it is funny, and if a minute of it is meant in mockery, few of the darts ever find the board.
  14. Manages the dubious trick of being both execrable and boring.
  15. 0
    Be Cool proves that when "cool" evaporates all it leaves are embarrassing little puddles.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 54
  2. Negative: 29 out of 54
  1. nasc
    May 23, 2009
    amazing movie, ridiculously funny,travolta was class ,keitel was the funniest ive ever seen him,too funny,vince vaghn was fantastic perfect role for him and generally very well made movie,funny and not trying to be serious, just great Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2013
    Chili Palmer returns in this long-gestating sequel to Get Shorty, and while John Travolta has a new entourage of famous faces including Uma Thurman, Harvey Kietel, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, they don't save the film from being a very lazy and glam-ridden piece that barely dents the intelligence and comic timing of the original.
    But while the film shows bright sparks in many moments, it ultimately repeats and and rehashes all the things that made the original shine. But we kick off with Chili reminiscing about the days he spent as a movie producer, something he is attempting to get away from. We are introduced to Linda Moon (Christina Milian) who is struggling to break the cuffs of her contract with Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel). But she must deal with Nick's over-zealous 'partner' Raji (Vince Vaughn) and his hilarious homosexual bodyguard Elliot (The Rock) who both unfortunately bumble and trod through the film with ver little to do, much like Kietel. The film introduces so many characters and plots that is becomes jarring and often loses its way to the point where it falls away. It sets up various pop culture remarks, celebrity appearances and a dragging-its-feet plot that never lifts off to anything, making the whole experience quite forgettable.
    There is still an entertaining element to be had though, in the form The Rock, Cedric the Entertainer and his gang of gangster hip-hop artists, his unorthodox lifestyle compared to his street life provide very exceptional comic relief, along with The Roc who is the simple-minded bodyguard who just wants to be in movies.
    John Travolta pokes fun at many of his own films and previous work in Get Shorty, but he never quite feels at home in Be Cool, seemingly paving the way for the rest of the cast to make an impression, but sadly a plot that doesn't match the aims of what the film is trying to push down our throats makes these performances almost meaningless.
    There is fun to be had in Be Cool, but a much cooler thing to do would have been not trying to recreate updated versions of past characters and the film within a film story again, it leaves little to the imagination and not enough room to explore these characters like there was in the first instalment, quite a forgettable effort.
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  3. JasonB
    Mar 10, 2009
    Quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen.... its excruciating in oarts.