Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 10, 2014
    80
    Don't let the cheesy title deter you. Cuban Fury is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser — sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Feb 10, 2014
    80
    A great big bear-hug of a Britcom, with rhinestones on its shirt, salsa in its heart and dick jokes up its sleeve. Something for everyone, then.
  3. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    A pleasant diversion starring the always amiable Nick Frost, with Chris O'Dowd relishing his role as a slimeball.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 11, 2014
    70
    Cuban Fury has a surprising amount of fun with these acknowledged clichés. At times, the movie has the energy of an "Anchorman"-style spoof — a hilarious late-movie dance-off between Bruce and Drew takes on absurdist overtones, as they dance on car roofs and do increasingly impossible moves.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 9, 2014
    67
    Frost is a likable bloke with a deft physical grace to match his rat-a-tat one-liners. But all the sequins and silk shirts in the world can’t disguise the film’s too-familiar formula.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 14, 2014
    63
    It ends up feeling a little like warmed-over "Strictly Ballroom" without Baz Lurhmann's over-the-top sense of style.
  7. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Apr 11, 2014
    63
    It is just plain fun to observe Frost as Bruce while he happily shimmies and shakes his way to regaining his once-renown "feet of flames."
  8. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    A little more fury might have been a whole lot better.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 7, 2014
    63
    The film is thin on concept and limited in style, but the filmmakers have the good sense to let their characters remain playful and goofy throughout.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 16, 2014
    60
    Frost is a likable lead and an easy rooting interest. But his affability isn’t enough to give this silly-sweet feature the edge and dimension that would make it a memorable contribution to the subgenre epitomized by The Full Monty — comedies in which middle-aged, unassuming Brits discover their inner showman.
  11. Reviewed by:  Charles Gant
    Feb 18, 2014
    60
    Overall, it’s just enough to send the date-movie crowd home with a smile on their face and a tingle of joy in their heart.
  12. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Feb 11, 2014
    60
    [An] amiable but flat-footed debut feature.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Feb 10, 2014
    60
    Saturday Night Fever by way of Strictly Come Dancing, Frost’s solo movie lacks the inventive madness of his Cornetto team-ups, but it’s still a heartfelt blast of fun.
  14. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Apr 16, 2014
    50
    This is a movie tailor-made for cheering on the not-so-little guy to find his self-esteem, dazzle the judges, and win the girl.
  15. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Not that some of this isn’t amusing, but you feel the considerable improvisational skills of the cast going to waste.
  16. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    A rather unremarkable, if endearing, entry in the quirky rom-com genre.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 9, 2014
    50
    Only one scene — the very one that Pegg shows up in — demonstrates any real creativity, and even that mostly amounts to a couple of goofy dudes attempting to intimidate each other with terrible dance moves.
  18. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    Cuban Fury feels overpadded and distracted, with no time to establish its leads, let alone the bare connection between them that might give viewers a rooting interest in their future.
  19. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 8, 2014
    40
    Frost can play lovable losers in his sleep, but to succeed, Cuban Fury has to make him dance. A fat man falling down gets a cheap laugh; a fat man with magic feet makes us cheer. Director James Griffiths splits the difference between ridicule and respect, and the resulting comedy is as trite and cloying as a rum and coke.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 18, 2014
    40
    This comedy never quite relaxes or convinces or comes together, despite a blue-chip pedigree and a great cast.
  21. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 18, 2014
    20
    Cuban Fury belongs to an older, unfunnier time. Please let’s not go back.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Nick Frost came up with the story for this comedy, and then it blossomed into something really funny, and with a nice Romantic Comedy edge.Nick Frost came up with the story for this comedy, and then it blossomed into something really funny, and with a nice Romantic Comedy edge. When bullies stop him from dancing in the National championships Bruce turns his back on the whole thing and ends up being a very good draftsman for a engineering company. While dealing with that one co-worker that we all have that deserves a punch in the face, played well by Chris O’Dowd. When the new boss comes in and both Bruce and Drew want to fight for her attention it provides most of the humour. This is a date night Romantic Comedy that both sides of the relationship will find a lot to like. It’s almost like a male version of Bridget Jones, but with Salsa dancing. The dance off scene in the car park makes this a more special movie, although there is some help with special effects to make Frost dance better, you still have to give the man props for being able to move as well as he can for that size. As a big guy myself I know I couldn’t dance like that, and not one of you would want that. Don’t be fooled that this is a chick flick, it’s a good comedy that will make you laugh. Full Review »
  2. Mar 13, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A by the numbers romantic comedy with no surprises and even fewer genuine laughs. The plot is so predictable you can see the ending a mile away, and although there are a few funny moments they aren't nearly often enough. Nick Frosts character is a bit of a loser and you never warm to him, but there are some great supporting performances from Chris O'Dowd and Kayvan Novak. There were also lots of implausible things that bothered me about this film. Why did Kayvan Novak's character take such a huge interest in the Nick Frosts character? Why did Nick Frost not lose any weight by the end of the film - he started off big and ended big - so big you never felt he was never capable of doing any of the dancing. The dance off in the car park was so out of place it was almost like a dream sequence. Didn't expect much from this film and after watching it I have to say my low expectations were not exceeded. Full Review »