Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 4, 2011
    88
    This movie doesn't get huffy, it gets laughs.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Nov 3, 2011
    80
    A highly entertaining and heartfelt action comedy that ought to steal more laughs than any other film this holiday season.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 31, 2011
    80
    A smoothly engineered crowd pleaser.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 3, 2011
    78
    To a one, they nail the humor, all right, but they also, quite crucially, humanize the high concept.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 4, 2011
    75
    As far as sophisticated caper flicks go, Tower Heist is oceans away from George Clooney's crew. Compared to other recent comedies, it's pretty light on the laughs.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 4, 2011
    75
    It keeps things light and entertaining. And for $8 admission, that's never a bad investment.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    Smoothly made and smart enough. It's not going for too much, but I laughed a lot.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    For what it is - recessionary wish-fulfillment escapism, with a lot of highly skilled familiar faces in its amply qualified cast - it's fun.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 2, 2011
    75
    A winning "Robin Hood and his Merry Doormen" comedy about getting even. A cast of comedy specialists each deliver their comic specialties to perfection, delivering double-takes and one liners so well that you don't notice how clunky the actual caper in this caper comedy is.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 3, 2011
    70
    Tower Heist is overstuffed with actors, and yet Ratner manages to give each of them one or two good moments.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 2, 2011
    70
    You can't help leaving the film with the following thought: Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 1, 2011
    70
    More than the marquee names, the second bananas keep the movie bobbing along: Broderick's pharmaceutically vague hangdog act is perfect ("If you need me, I'll be living in this box"), while Peña turns out to be a fine comedian, an enthusiastically yipping dumb puppy here.
  13. 70
    A shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy.
  14. 63
    Tower Heist is as over-inflated as those Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons that are featured in the movie's climax. Also similarly, it's entertaining in its own predictable way.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    There's not much to say about a jerry-built caper comedy, except that this one has timeliness on it side, and some first-rate clowns.
  16. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    An improbably satisfying action comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    Devoting more time to the setup than to the follow-through, Tower Heist doesn't really build suspense so much as it builds impatience - for the thing to be over.
  18. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 2, 2011
    63
    The movie is broad and clumsy, and the dialogue cannot be described as witty, but a kind of grandeur creeps into the screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Nov 6, 2011
    60
    Fun if uneven stuff from Ratner. A welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy and an even-more-welcome turn by the ever-excellent Alan Alda.
  20. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Tower Heist might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things.
  21. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.
  22. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Boasts an unusually strong cast of actors, who boost the slick screenplay into a satisfying popcorn picture.
  23. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 2, 2011
    60
    Tower Heist is funny in the way of so many Hollywood comedies, meaning that individual scenes are often crisply written and played, but the whole doesn't add up to anything.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 4, 2011
    58
    If this film turns out to be a big success, malls everywhere may want to hire more security.
  25. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Nov 3, 2011
    58
    Doesn't demand much of the audience, sure, but it doesn't provide much, either. It's as if an all-star gang of would-be crooks got together to rip off...moviegoers.
  26. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 3, 2011
    58
    In the end, Tower Heist isn't a black Ocean's Eleven or a bold leap forward for feature-film distribution, just a passable piece of commercial entertainment that falls closer to product than art.
  27. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 2, 2011
    58
    Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.
  28. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    The combined efforts of this fine ensemble cast make Tower Heist go down easier than it otherwise might, but the film's potential as a buddy comedy is sadly wasted.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Tower Heist feigns being an "Ocean's 11" for schmucks, but plays like a retread of "48 Hours."
  30. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Tower Heist could and should have been much more. Mr. Ratner goes for the safe bet and the easy score.
  31. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    The type of film with which Mr. Ratner has claimed to be infatuated is itself like a caper - it requires precise execution. Tower Heist is more like that 10-story Snoopy, as he drunkenly bobs along Central Park West.
  32. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Twice as funny as I thought it would be but not half as funny as it could have been.
  33. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    The caper is a dud - so stupid and implausible from beginning to end that it's impossible to take it seriously for even the briefest of moments.
  34. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    The best thing about this mildly diverting but instantly forgettable comedy is that it seems to have awakened something in Murphy that had laid dormant for much of the past two decades.
  35. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
  36. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 31, 2011
    50
    During the heist itself, the suspense is palpable, if only because Christophe Beck's funky score blares its horns so insistently, one can't help but feel anxious. But the laughs don't follow.
  37. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 2, 2011
    40
    A set piece involving a skyscraper and a sports car proves he can induce sweaty palms, but one nail-biting moment and some much-misssed Murphy mouthiness won't keep you from feeling like you're the one being ripped off.
  38. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Oct 31, 2011
    40
    Toss everything you can find, starting with roughly diced plots, into the blender, press "Pulse," and pray: such appears to be the method behind Tower Heist.
  39. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 1, 2011
    25
    Defiantly graceless, Brett Ratner deals in loudness, haplessness, obviousness, and, certainly, crudeness, reminding you of his directorial presence with such inclusions as a scolded kid who tells his disciplinarian to "suck it."
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 68
  2. Negative: 10 out of 68
  1. Nov 4, 2011
    9
    A lot to like in this movie. Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller are hilarious while the supporting actors are also pretty good. It's an extremely likable movie and how the whole staff unites against the owner is very close to what's happening on wall street. I think you should see this movie its worth the $18.00 Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    3
    It has a stellar cast but they only give half of the talent they can bring and the humor is mostly silly and stupid and the whole movie will never live up to its cool premise which we all wanted it to. I give this movie 34%. Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    5
    Ben Stiller heads the cast (and the staff) of a luxury residence in NYC. When a Wall Street investor (Alan Alda) loses their pensions, he leads a team to steal it back. He also enlists small-time crook Eddie Murphy to help. The story and characters provide an interesting setup and Murphy's appearance adds a sprinkling of laughs, but the heist is slow and the comedy is sparse. What starts out with energetic promise never builds comic or narrative momentum (although the out-the-window gag is pretty cool). As a result, the whole thing falls flat. Full Review »