Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. 38
    The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
  2. Satire's funniest when it's true, but Rock exaggerates and mistimes too many jokes.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt
    Opens with a statement that Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole and Al Sharpton are not in the movie. Also not in the movie: laughs.
  4. 30
    There’s only the faintest glimmer of Rock’s talent for piercingly funny humor here, a shortcoming for which the comic can only blame himself, given that he also produced and directed the movie.
  5. The very confusion that has made him (Rock) so unpredictable and funny onstage makes this on-screen exploration of contemporary racial mythologies curiously tentative and unfocused.
  6. 30
    Though the comedy falls short of a debacle -- which is what such egocentric projects tend to be -- it isn't as sharp, fast or funny as Rock's stand-up routines.
  7. 25
    The sloppily shot, crudely edited Head of State fails as satire, for starters, because of its utter disconnect from any kind of reality.
  8. 20
    An excruciatingly amateurish production.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. OscarR.
    Aug 1, 2006
    this movie desrves the red carplet not a 44, shame on the reviewers and users.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 1, 2006
    Funny and gut busting from start to finish. politically brilliant as well.
  3. MarkD.
    Aug 1, 2006
    the conservative, racist, republican, snotty, uptight should not see this movie...everyone else is in for chris rocks besst treat ever, a instant comedy classic from DC! Full Review »