(2004)

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15

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
40
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
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."
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.
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Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their out-of-date white, snooty gated community apparently confuse themselves with their forebears on The Jeffersons.
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.
20
Variety
Loosely plotted and wildly uneven farce.
20
The A.V. Club
Gives virtually every cast member a shot at humiliation.
10
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
0
New York Post
Nasty, borderline bigoted, stunningly amateurish film.

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