(2004)

Critic Reviews

15

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
40
The New York Times
Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled "Barbershop" but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.
30
Good-natured but it's a dud.
30
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."
30
This is one dull party.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their out-of-date white, snooty gated community apparently confuse themselves with their forebears on The Jeffersons.
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.
20
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.
11
Everything else here - from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem - is sour to taste.
10
The Hollywood Reporter
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
0
New York Post
Nasty, borderline bigoted, stunningly amateurish film.

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