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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 actWhen 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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