New Chris Rock ‘Top Five’ Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics
Paramount Pictures released their new Chris Rock comedy film, “Top Five,” into theaters today, and the the top movie critics in the biz, have served up their reviews for it. It turns out that most of them really enjoyed it, rewarding it with an overall 83 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metecritic.com site.
The movie stars: Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a perfect 100 score! He said: “In setting Andre on his search for self, Mr. Rock has carved out a third way, in the process creating a black character who’s fully human and a comedy that’s wholly a blast.”
Betsy Sharkey over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it another perfect 100, saying: “Top Five is fully loaded. The laughs are earned, the intelligence never disappears, all the performers shine. But Rock is the diamond — raw, rough and rare.”
Jordan Mintzer from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 100 score as well ,stating, ” It’s like watching a first-rate standup routine transformed into fiction, or in this case auto-fiction, as Rock has more on his mind than just making us laugh, offering up a witty celebrity satire that doubles as a love story set during one long and eventful New York City day.”
Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly, gave it an awesome 91 score, saying: “As brilliantly funny as Chris Rock is, he’s never been able to replicate the high-voltage danger and electricity of his stand-up act on the big screen. But in his latest film, the sharply satirical Top Five, he not only makes a case for why he should be a bona fide movie star, he also proves he’s a writer-director to be reckoned with.”
Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 90 grade. He said: “The film feels freshly minted because the man who made it has such a lively mind and fearless style. At a time when all too many movies are selling bleakness and dysfunction, it also feels like a revenant from Hollywood’s golden age, when an entertainment’s highest function was to entertain.”
Scott Foundas at Variety, gave it a 90 score. He stated: “Rock is enormously appealing here, balancing his patented comic abrasiveness with a real tenderness, the faint bewilderment of an ordinary man blindsided by his own success. And Dawson makes an excellent foil.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 grade, claiming: “Top Five is Rock’s best movie by a mile. It’s authentically hilarious.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 grade, stating: ” This is a smart, savvy film with sabre-sharp one-liners, a half-dozen terrific supporting turns, one of the best scores of the year, a winning romance and a heartfelt and authentic performance from Rock.”
Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score. He stated: “It’s one of the most vibrant, sly romantic comedies this year.”
Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score,saying: “If there’s a surprise to Top Five, it’s the emotional undercurrent that Rock writes and Dawson brings out. What lingers hours later aren’t just the laughs but the people.”
Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “In Top Five, you sense Rock trying to load all these disparate talents onto a conventional romantic-comedy structure. It’s a close call, but it holds.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “It’s a slap-happy movie and often scurrilously funny — the sound of a gifted comic mind finally finding its onscreen voice.”
Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a 75 score, stating: “The result is raunchy, energetic, sharp-eyed and a bit rambling.”
Kyle Smith at the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, saying: ” If Top Five doesn’t go deep, though, it is intermittently very funny.”
Finally, James Rocchi from TheWrap, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Top Five is that movie precisely so good and yet still so flawed that you can watch greatness slip out of its ambitious but awkward reach right in front of your eyes.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.