The Honeymooners


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. It honors the tone of that wonderful comedy while setting it in present-day New York City.
  2. 75
    The movie's story actually does work as a story and not simply as a wheezy Hollywood formula. Sometimes you walk into a movie with quiet dread and walk out with quiet delight.
  3. Superfluous though it may be, The Honeymooners is not so bad.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Just funny enough to mollify purists and amuse the uninitiated.
  5. This harmless but mediocre enterprise was doomed to failure from the start. Hollywood magic can do a lot, but it can't raise the dead.
  6. Plays a bit better than it sounds. I miss the show's mangy, minimalist sets, but the slapdash narrative construction and good-hearted schmaltz survive intact.
  7. The Honeymooners isn't the worst of the endless spate of TV rehashes, but it still feels perfunctory.
  8. Epps has a nicely beaten charm to him -- among the leads, he alone looks like he knows what a trip to the moon costs.
  9. John Leguizamo steals the show as its sleazy trainer -- not that there's much to steal from John Schultz's joylessly schematic paycheck.
  10. 40
    Lunchbox-toting time-waster.
  11. No less amusing than an average sitcom, but that's certainly not reason enough to buy a ticket.
  12. The movie suffers from a devastating flaw for a comedy: It isn't very funny.
  13. 38
    What's missing is some faith in the audience's intelligence and, more importantly, the jokes.
  14. Cedric is certainly the bright spot in this movie - personable, silly and lovable, with just enough of Gleason's girth, timing and humanity to make you wish he'd driven Ralph Kramden's bus onto the lot of a different movie.
  15. At least The Honeymooners is not one of those remakes that looks bad compared to the original. It's just bad, period.
  16. 30
    This appalling multiculti upgrade of the ’50s sitcom is about as funny as a bus accident.
  17. A lackluster affair, devoid of laughs and just about anything else one might construe as entertainment.
  18. When a performer as sharp as Cedric the Entertainer is reduced to funny fat-guy shtick, you know you're in the presence of grinding mediocrity.
  19. 30
    Though Cedric, for all his nimble portliness, is no Gleason, there's plenty of talent to be found here. Too bad it's left to fend for itself against a raging mechanical bull of a script.
  20. 30
    John Schultz's wan, unfunny The Honeymooners is unlikely to tickle devotees of Jackie Gleason's archetypal yuk-fest.
  21. This one is so bad that even Ed Norton couldn't get this mess to move through the sewer.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A pitiful update that saddles poor Cedric the Entertainer with the unenviable task of taking over Jackie Gleason's premier creation, Ralph Kramden.
  23. 25
    A bland, dull and only occasionally funny waste of time that will very soon be gathering dust in the remainder bins.
  24. The filmmakers have also advertised that their new movie eliminates the "Pow! Right in the kisser!" threats of spousal abuse that permeated the original series. The question of audience abuse has yet to be addressed.
  25. It’s a shame when a movie brings together so many underutilized thespians of color – even Ajay Naidu of "Office Space" is in here someplace – and gives them absolutely nothing to do.
  26. 12
    It's not as bad as the average Hollywood movie, it's stupendously worse.
  27. Suffice it to say, there is no comedy, no chemistry, no nothing in this movie.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 21 out of 24
  1. DV8
    Dec 5, 2005
    These reviewers are expecting Jackie Gleason and 1950's storylines. This movie does little more than take pre-existing characters and These reviewers are expecting Jackie Gleason and 1950's storylines. This movie does little more than take pre-existing characters and sets them in the modern time. The problem is that the jokes from the 1950's series don't work today, and especially not without the timing of Gleason and Carney, and the incomparable Audrey Meadows. The movie was a bad idea. If we get past the story, John Legiuzamo has some great moments as does Mike Epps. As for the women, I was unimpressed. This movie isn't great, and it's barely entertaining, but it's better than people are saying. Full Review »