Tower Heist

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

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Critic Reviews

  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.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 259 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 70
  2. Negative: 10 out of 70
  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 extremelyA 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 willIt 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, heBen 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 »