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  • Summary: When amateur comedian Lance (Rock) finds himself at heaven's door, he is convinced that there has been a mistake. Miraculously, he is right. He is given another chance -- but in another body. Ironically, Lance ultimately discovers his true self, falls in love and improves his comedy act in the process. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.
  2. It's Rock's first venture into leading-man territory, and the material is carefully tailored to his measurements. He's fully believable as a standup comic. How he'll fare as a character other than Chris Rock is yet to be determined.
  3. 60
    The Weitzes haven't come up with a masterpiece in Down to Earth, but they have put their stamp on a perfectly pleasant 90-minute diversion
  4. 40
    Mr. Rock's attempts to disentangle himself from his persona while offering audiences a sliver of insight into his world is a lofty ambition, but Down to Earth falls short.
  5. Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait," released in 1978, was a comic fantasy about a near-death experience. This new version is a near-life experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    Pandering and tired, Down to Earth lurches from one dead gag to the other, in search of both comedic rhythm and a dramatic pulse. It finds neither.
  7. Penned by Rock and a handful of his pals, is such an utter disaster it seems to go out of its way to avoid comedy. It's the very definition of oxymoron: a crowd-pleaser that doesn't.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

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