Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 12 out of 19
  1. Pretty thin feature-film subject. But the silliness is so contagious that it doesn't matter.
  2. Reviewed by: Christopher Muther
    38
    The movie's comic powers are often marred by silliness and stereotypes. Pootie tanks.
  3. 25
    By the end, Pootie Tang feels as long as Kevin Costner's "Wyatt Earp."
  4. 12
    Not bad so much as inexplicable. You watch in puzzlement: How did this train wreck happen?
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    Acouple of well-earned laughs but ultimately overstays its welcome.
  6. 11
    Dull and unfunny claptrap.
  7. 70
    Weirdest, funniest studio release of the summer so far and a bona fide cult object in the making.
  8. 70
    Pootie Tang may be raw and slovenly -- hey, it often is raw and slovenly -- but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it; I'm not sure what Pootie would say.
  9. 50
    The shtick based on whether other people understand him is subtle enough for 79 minutes.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    Never quite deciding if it wants to parody or uphold the ongoing cultural romance with the Pimp, Pootie Tang mostly feels like a sad retread.
  11. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    30
    Too often is as garbled as Pootie's own jargon.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    20
    A wretch-a-sketch, a two-minute character-based skit (an occasional feature on HBO's "The Chris Rock Show") stretched to a mind-boggling 82 minutes.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    10
    Has the distinction of being one of the most amateurish features ever released by a major studio.
  14. The overall film is hideously grating, thanks to an inconsistent look, animated titles all over the place, excessive explanatory commentary and abrasive R&B videos inserted throughout.
  15. Slow and dragging, Pootie Tang is worse than a below-average sketch-to-screen Saturday Night Live film.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Only the makers of "Freddy Got Fingered" might crack a smile because it now has competition for worst movie of the year.
  17. 12
    One bad movie -- in the original sense of the word.
  18. 60
    The material it does pull off is daring and sharp.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    Does exactly what it says on the tin, some great jokes, laughs a plenty, one of my favourite films of all time, chris rocks writing at its peak. highly recommend. Full Review »