San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's instantly forgettable, but smooth fun most of the way.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Be Cool is not really cool as "Get Shorty" was, but it's entertaining, a frivolous cocktail rather than a vintage wine.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Even if you enjoyed the mean, funny 1995 John Travolta-Elmore Leonard crime comedy "Get Shorty"-and many of us did-this forced sequel isn't likely to help you repeat the experience.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Despite a cast and production that seem to promise one of the year's first movies of any note, Cool never translates its promo-photo flashiness into authenticity on screen.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The hell of it is, Be Cool is tepid entertainment that could be cool if it spent less time entertaining us as if we were demanding a definition of rhythm.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The author is not to blame. Published in 1999, "Be Cool" is hipper, cooler and better than "Get Shorty," but everything hipper, cooler and better about it is either missing from the film or camped-up beyond recognition.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
How to count the ways that Be Cool isn't? For one thing, it looks terrible: grainy, ill-lit, edited with blunt, rusty shears.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, "Please make it stop!"
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Barely any of it is funny, and if a minute of it is meant in mockery, few of the darts ever find the board.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Manages the dubious trick of being both execrable and boring.
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37 out of 100
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