75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A high-performance low comedy, House succeeds because Martin's Peter Sanderson and Latifah's Charlene Morton each plays Henry Higgins to the other's Eliza Doolittle.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Having funny lines and amusing gags is only half the battle. The rest is in the delivery, and that's where the trio of Martin, Latifah, and Levy excel.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Irresistibly funny in its brightest moments. At other times, this comedy about a black-white culture clash sags until it scrapes bottom.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The best scene centers on neither Latifah nor Martin. Rather, it's the venerable Plowright delivering an a capella rendition of the slave spiritual "Is Massa Gonna Sell Me Tomorrow?"
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Stock farce characters and stale scenes of mayhem fill the downtime between the Martin-Latifah skirmishes.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There are about 15 minutes of genuine, bust-a-gut comedy in Bringing Down the House, and, surprisingly, they belong to Steve Martin, who hasn't been funny on film in years.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Feels like a bad sitcom.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If you go to see this sloppy sitcom, in which Mr. Martin plays a divorced, repressed lawyer named Peter Sanderson, do expect to be surprised, seduced and entertained by Queen Latifah.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is strictly formula stuff, made worse by an utterly careless depiction of the characters.
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39 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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