40

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled "Barbershop" but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.
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30

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
This is one dull party.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Good-natured but it's a dud.
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30

Village Voice

Eventually, the pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of "Family Matters."
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25

New York Daily News

There isn't a genuine laugh or a character who isn't a stereotype in The Cookout, a lifeless comedy featuring a cast of familiar faces who must have needed the paycheck.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their out-of-date white, snooty gated community apparently confuse themselves with their forebears on The Jeffersons.
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20

TV Guide

By Angel Cohn
It took a village of screenwriters and story creators - including costar Queen Latifah and first-time director Lance Rivera - to cram just about every imaginable stereotype about African-Americans and white people ever conceived into this short, unappetizing comedy.
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11

Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
Everything else here – from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem – is sour to taste.
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10

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
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0

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Nasty, borderline bigoted, stunningly amateurish film.
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15 out of 100
Overwhelming dislike
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.