83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Rock and Mac exult in the kind of highly charged verbal and physical antics that are star-turn rewards for performers currently at the tops of their games.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An imperfect movie, but not a boring one and not lacking in intelligence.
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63

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
In Head of State, Rock may be verging on becoming a heart-warmer.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The key term here is "fairy tale," because, although the movie occasionally tries for dramatic moments, they're overplayed, undercooked, and divorced from reality.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is silliness of such a special grade, performed with such zest, that it makes you forgive and even forget the movie's foolishness and borderline incoherence.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Doesn't seem directed at all; you half expect the actors to crash into each other. Still, give me the attempted satire of Head of State over the racial stereotyping of "Bringing Down the House" anyday. You can feel a mind at work when you watch Rock.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Pleasing and occasionally very funny movie that maintains a mild but consistent hold on its audience.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A tepid amalgam of other, similarly themed movies.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Chris Rock was busy directing, producing, co-writing and starring in this light comedy. Given his hilarious stand-up routines, one wishes he had spent a little more time on the script.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Gets better -- more rambunctiously astute -- as it goes, and its comic engine sputters into fitful life when Bernie Mac arrives on the scene.
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44 out of 100
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