Bringing Down the House Image
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics What's this?

User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: A divorced, uptight attorney (Martin) is smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with on-line. However, when they finally meet, she (Queen Latifah) turns out to be a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants his to help clear her name. In the end, theA divorced, uptight attorney (Martin) is smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with on-line. However, when they finally meet, she (Queen Latifah) turns out to be a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants his to help clear her name. In the end, the unlikely pair has the chance to put each other's lives on higher ground?if they don't end up bringing down the house. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Watch On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    80
    Hits an edginess that will keep today’s audiences laughing.
  2. Irresistibly funny in its brightest moments. At other times, this comedy about a black-white culture clash sags until it scrapes bottom.
  3. A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
  4. 50
    Even the director's flat-footed moves can't quell Martin and Latifah, whose combined energy is fearsome and sometimes most amusing.
  5. 40
    What's offensive in Bringing Down the House is the way the jokes have been calculated not to offend.
  6. 38
    Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
  7. 10
    The rare film that is capable of offending both Trent Lott and Al Sharpton.

See all 31 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 16 out of 29
  1. Feb 8, 2013
    9
    A little racist perhaps but there's no denying that this is a funny film that will please the right audiences, and probably offend everyoneA little racist perhaps but there's no denying that this is a funny film that will please the right audiences, and probably offend everyone else. Both Steve Martin Queen Latifah are favs actors of mine so I think I was always bound to like this film, and there are so many funny and memorable scenes. It's also quite a clever storyline with a few twists in there as well as having enough in it to keep you thoroughly entertained. Overall as long as its not taken too seriously it's a good laugh! Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    I'll admit: one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Are Steve Martin & Queen Latifah quite as awful as critics may suggest? Bringing Down theI'll admit: one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Are Steve Martin & Queen Latifah quite as awful as critics may suggest? Bringing Down the House is clever and filled with plenty of light-hearted laughs. Expand

See all 29 User Reviews