Bringing Down the House Synopsis
Peter (Martin) has a blind date that goes awry, and ends up helping a prison escapee (Latifah).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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It was so funny.

By RockinMom1124
I thought this movie was funny I love the actors and Queen Latifah especially....

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.
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