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Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. 75
    Griffin is quick, smart and funny.
  2. 75
    In an age when light-and-easy racial farces have become mainstream hits, he remains a tough-love comedian.
  3. 70
    We do glimpse the dynamic interplay between rising comedian Eddie Griffin's hilarious obsessions and the loving, screwed-up people who made him what he is.
  4. Some may be offended by Eddie Griffin's blunt language, yet they would find it hard to deny that he tells it like it is.
  5. 70
    There is a blueprint here for what should be the next wave of comedy-concert movies, but the filmmaking team has only used part of it.
  6. 70
    Griffin's stand-up material is consistently upstaged by sequences of him interacting with old friends and family members.
  7. That Griffin tells some of the most intolerant jokes since Andrew Dice Clay should hardly obscure his talent, even if it does tarnish it.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    63
    His routine about the differences between cat lovers and dog lovers demonstrates how perceptive and just flat-out funny he can be when he's not trying so hard to shock us.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    This film highlights some of the best, and raunchiest, of his humor.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    It is clear from the film's onset that Griffin is striking a chord with his audience: They love him and, in return, he relishes their laughter.
  11. 50
    Griffin may well get there, but he's not there yet.
  12. The whole nutty crew finds it rollicking good fun to see themselves lampooned. But there is an unmistakable sorrow behind the humor.
  13. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    50
    Unfortunately, we've seen this before.
  14. 50
    More vulgar than funny.
  15. 50
    Gallo makes some fatal mistakes in his direction. As Griffin talks, he adds sound effects that are distracting and annoying. It's actually an insult to the comic -- as if his jokes aren't clever enough on their own.
  16. Many will find Griffin profane, sexist and decidedly offensive. Many more will find his raunchy insights inspired, his body language hilarious and his gift for mimicry and caricature worth the entire show.
  17. 50
    His veiled misogyny and totally unguarded homophobia are unconvincing, and when he resorts to chestnuts like comparing how black and white people walk, he comes off as a Pryor caricature, rather than as a devotee.
  18. 50
    If its star were more consistently funny, it might have worked, but the film opens with a string of dreadful Sept. 11 gags and takes a while to recover.
  19. 40
    If Griffin were a jowly Southern redneck, his mean-spirited rants would make him a pariah.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    The attempt to draw certain connections between Griffin's material and its autobiographical origins feels slapped together, shortchanging both aspects of the film.
  21. 38
    For a movie that's trumpeted as providing a probing look beyond the comic's onstage patter, there's an awful lot of onstage patter -- and what nasty, hateful stuff it is.
  22. 30
    The few gags that hit their mark only serve to point up how flaccid the rest of his material is, and that spells doom for a comic, no matter how much his hometown crowd cheers him on.
  23. 20
    It's nauseating, unfunny stuff, unmitigated by the revelation that Griffin's mom physically abused him.

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