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

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