Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Friday is funnier and funkier than "Bad Boys," more homegrown-seeming, less manufactured. It plays like "House Party" with attitude. [26 Apr 1995]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A star vehicle for rapper Ice Cube (who also cowrote and coproduced), Friday is a lighthearted, comedic presentation of the realities chronicled in dramas like "Boyz N the Hood."
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    It's the right format for this scattershot jokefest, which at times resembles a vaudeville act crossed with the kind of goofy bludgeoning antics that sometimes make it into gangsta MTV videos. [26 Apr 1995]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    In his [Ice Cube's] dramatic roles, Cube's raised eyebrows usually unleashed a fearsome glare and a hint of danger; here, his expressions are more quizzical, amused or confused. He plays against type, just as the movie itself plays against hype.
  5. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Friday may touch its young target audience. For everyone else, it is more intriguing as a social problem than a movie.
  6. 50
    The more real Friday gets, the better it is. [26 Apr 1995]
  7. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    A refreshingly lighthearted look at day-to-day life in the inner city, Friday does suffer from a few problems in the scripting and directing departments, but entertains nonetheless, thanks mainly to the easygoing style of its talented cast.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Rather like a cross between "Up in Smoke" and an episode of "The Jeffersons, Friday is a crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.
  9. It takes about 20 minutes to catch on that Friday is without narrative drive - and about as long to figure out that the film offers nothing better in place of it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    Friday is a film that assures us that even in the ghetto of Los Angeles, there are lessons to be learned. This is not only a comedy, but a beautiful hybrid of funny and in-all-seriousness that is genuine. Ice Cube and Chris Tucker make this a joyride from start to finish. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2012
    I believe that this is a highly underrated film, most likely because because of the constant swearing and drug use, but even with these vices, the Friday is a fun, quality film that actually contains some important messages, such as the consequences of gun use. A great film for high-school kids to watch with friends. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2012
    Maybe you like Ice Cube and maybe you don't like Chris Tucker because of how annoying he can get in some of his movies, but with 'Friday', it's hard to not like either of them, at least I thought they were both hilarious. This is no brilliant comedy by any means, but it's funny and entertaining enough to stand above most stoner comedies that exist. Full Review »