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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Not only exhilarating and cathartic. It's too funny to be ignored.
  2. 90
    Lee performs magic. He's preserved and expanded the experience of an adrenaline-pumping, uproarious night of racism-, classism-, and sexism-subverting humor.
  3. 90
    Their comedy gives audiences that have never seen anything like it a hilarious window on a new world.
  4. 90
    Turns a hysterical night of African-American humor into the hottest little picture of the summer.
  5. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    90
    A tornado of laughs based on the black experience as lived by these four insightful jokers, instead of as filtered through the Hollywood formula.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Both the material and the way it's delivered by the movie's comic quartet are so funny.
  7. It's not so much good material as divinely inspired delivery.
  8. 80
    A fresh, intimate, gloriously unpolished performance film that measures up to the classics of the genre.
  9. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    80
    It's a very funny film, one of the most enjoyable of the summer.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    Consistently hilarious.
  11. 80
    Both funny and furious -- on why black people are different from white people.
  12. A decidedly grown-up affair.
  13. The most articulate and entertaining commentary on racial differences to have come down the pike in quite a while.
  14. 75
    Exuberant, often hilarious.
  15. Side-splitting concert film.
  16. Can make a person sick in two ways at once -- through its lowdown raunch and through the spasms of laughter that use stomach muscles one might not have known existed.
  17. This picture won't attract white audiences. I doubt that blacks would flock to a Jerry Seinfeld concert film. But we'd all get along better if we realized we had the right to laugh at each other's foibles
  18. 75
    Doesn't have the theatrical subtext or, let it be said, the genius of Richard Pryor.
  19. 75
    Racy, obscene, spirited and infectious.
  20. 70
    Simultaneously hilarious and reprehensible.
  21. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    70
    A two-hour slice --of comedy pie.
  22. The routines are charged, even between jokes, with anticipatory hilarity.
  23. 65
    Gets to the funny bone, but it could've cut deeper.
  24. One funny movie - for at least half the time.
  25. Unashamedly vulgar and exuberantly politically incorrect.
  26. 55
    Solidly entertaining if not remarkably innovative.
  27. Sometimes they're truly hilarious; sometimes they're lazy enough to milk laughs from scattershot vulgarity.
  28. The relentlessly self-congratulatory tone is oppressive.

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