Head of State

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a Washington, D.C. neighborhood Alderman who is about to be redlined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party forerunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight as his party's nominee -- for President of the UnitedMays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a Washington, D.C. neighborhood Alderman who is about to be redlined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party forerunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight as his party's nominee -- for President of the United States. [DreamWorks Pictures] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. Rock and Mac exult in the kind of highly charged verbal and physical antics that are star-turn rewards for performers currently at the tops of their games.
  2. Not the sharpest political humor I've ever heard, but it gets my vote for the stupidest fun I've had in a long time.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    60
    This is silliness of such a special grade, performed with such zest, that it makes you forgive and even forget the movie's foolishness and borderline incoherence.
  4. Rock can't set up a decent-looking shot, and he doesn't care about niceties such as character development and all that narrative downtime in between jokes. But he nonetheless wrings biting humor from serious issues with the sort of ferocity that made Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce men of respect as well as comedy.
  5. 40
    Pandering, stiffly acted and brimming with awkward (if progressive) political posturing, Rock's films attempt to filter old Hollywood formula through a hip-hop sensibility.
  6. 38
    The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
  7. 20
    An excruciatingly amateurish production.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. MarkD.
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    the conservative, racist, republican, snotty, uptight should not see this movie...everyone else is in for chris rocks besst treat ever, a 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! Collapse
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    Funny and gut busting from start to finish. politically brilliant as well.
  3. OscarR.
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    this movie desrves the red carplet not a 44, shame on the reviewers and users.
  4. SaerA.
    Apr 25, 2004
    7
    What the heck are u guys talkin about? Head Of State is a non stop comedy. It was really funny.

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