(2009)

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Metascore

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75
A bloody screwball comedy, a film of high spirits. It tells a complicated story with acute timing and clarity, and gives us drug-dealing lowlifes who are almost poetic in their clockwork dialogue.
60
He may be a first-time feature ­director, but music video master Benny Boom clearly knows how to pull a midlevel movie ­together.
50
Next Day Air can't decide whether it's a broad stoner comedy or a gritty Tarantino-esque action flick. The humor is there, but violence brings the laughter to an abrupt halt.
50
Next Day Air is sort of bracing, though it isn't very good: Its total lack of dramatic and comic bearings, to say nothing of a point, keeps you wondering about the next fatality, in a half-interested way.
50
Miami Herald
What ensues is an uneasy mix of farcical slapstick and comedy of errors with a violent, blood-soaked tale of inner-city crime.
50
Routine stuff, but things move quickly, with several offhand funny moments. Mos Def is hilarious in a cameo as another delivery guy.
50
The right combination of goofy character behavior, action set pieces, and narrative drive to keep the movie from ever being boring.
50
Premiere
Predictable, and stereotypical.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
There's a serious miscalculation when the lighthearted hijinks suddenly give way to a climactic scene of brutal violence.
25
This movie could really use an Avon Barksdale, but even actor Wood Harris, who played drug kingpin Barksdale in "The Wire," seems a bit lost.
25
If the movie doesn't even care about its characters, then how can we?

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