63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The movie as a whole is pleasant, generally satisfying, and has a heart as big as its funny bone. For an early January movie, this is sometimes as good as it gets.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though Ice Cube and Morgan should make an ideal team, neither seems particularly comfortable grappling with Talbert's amateurish script. Most of the laughs, in fact, come from the strong supporting cast, led by a high-energy Williams and the unflappable Devine.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The second half of the film is much funnier and warmer than the first, but the movie is still difficult to recommend.
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50

Chicago Tribune

The movie’s total lack of focus and its unimpressive script should render it totally unwatchable. Weirdly, that doesn’t quite happen. There’s something endearing about these characters.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn "Dog Day Afternoon" into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It plods along at a sluggard's pace through a weak premise with crude execution and even cruder characters to arrive at an unearned sentimental ending.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A sorry excuse for a ghetto SOS.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Drawing comparisons to "The Wire" may be unfair, but taken on its own, this anemic vehicle for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan to mug and jive through is just weak, weak stuff.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A misguided attempt at comedy that needs to go last on anyone's list of movie options.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A heist comedy in which the audience gets robbed.
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41 out of 100
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