Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
The rapper Ice Cube returns to the multiplex with Are We Done Yet? a feeble fable of better parenting through home improvement.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
As unfortunate titles for cynically commercial sequels go, this one's a doozy
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
If only someone had thought to fix the script.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Following up on his execrable 2005 semi-hit Are We There Yet?, Ice Cube once again turns the world off with a scowl in Are We Done Yet?
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The problem with the new film is that Ice Cube is too cool for the plot's nonsense. The faulty house and McGinley's behavior never inspire him to blow his top.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Carr tries to put one over on us by tacking on a sentimental ending. But as any homeowner could have told him, you can't disguise a weak foundation with a cheap finish.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Are We Done Yet? isn't much more than a middling middle-class fantasy, but it has a few sweet admonitions nestled amid the tomfoolery.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
An acknowledged remake of the old Cary Grant movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. As far as I could tell, that's because everyone involved was inspired by the syllable "Bland" in the title.
Bob Strauss - Dallas Morning News
'I can fix that,' Nick says each time a new problem arises in the house. How are we supposed to believe that when the filmmakers couldn't fix this poorly constructed sequel from its prefab origins?
Teresa Budasi - Chicago Sun-Times
Calling a sequel Are We Done Yet? is like calling it Enough Already.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Director Steve Carr continues his streak of numbingly mediocre family comedies.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Mediocre from foundation to roof, this sequel to 2005's tepid road trip farce Are We There Yet? is the movie equivalent of a tear-down.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This is the kind of movie that gives family films a bad name.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The kids come off like little spokesmodels, or aliens, and if not for Long's implausibly patient but good-natured Suzanne, there wouldn't be a recognizably human character in the film.
John Anderson - Variety
If you've seen the brilliantly edited trailer, you've seen just about every single laugh in the movie.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Are We Done Yet? isn't funny or original enough to recommend. But it's amusing to watch Ice play straight-man to McGinley's perky, needy, too-helpful Chuck.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Are We Done Yet? may be remarkable only for the fact that its star was ever once actually considered a threat to civic stability. If movies came any safer than this, they'd be given honourary police citations for keeping the peace.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Careers are funny, unpredictable things, and Ice Cube wouldn't be the first charismatic, threatening entertainer to don a chastity belt for a safe ride in Hollywood. Think Elvis Presley or Eddie Murphy.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
This fixer-upper family comedy is still a notable improvement over the previous Ice Cube outing.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Although Ice Cube is still happy to haul out his old snarl when it serves his purposes, he's clearly trying to reinvent himself as a family entertainer. But the milder he gets, the less confident he seems. What's a reformed gangsta rapper to do?
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Ice Cube's do-it-yourself sequel is too formulaic.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
passable but far from inspired
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Let's just hope the kids find burping raccoons and crumbling ceilings hilarious.
Anna Smith - Time Out
Basically, the title says it all and if you're unlucky enough to end up seeing this, you'll be repeating that title for the entire 96 minutes. Avoid.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The only thing in Steve Carr's fatuous movie that earns a few giggles is John C McGinley's silliness as a new-age builder.
Edward Porter - Times [UK]
Dull at best, painfully unfunny at worst, let's hope the answer to Are We Done Yet? is in the affirmative.
Tristan Burke - Film4
Oh, I do hope so. Why Ice Cube thought his wretched family outing Are We There Yet? deserved a sequel is baffling, since all it revealed was his complete ineptitude as a light comedian.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Even John C McGinley (Dr. Cox from Scrubs) can't save this lamest of comedies.
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
US audiences ate it up and there are just enough laughs to appease those whose tastes run to utterly undemanding kiddie slapstick and life lessons.
- Total Film
McGinley, as it happens, is the film's only trump card, his madcap multi-tasker stealing every scene he's in and leaving the movie's nominal star for dead.
Neil Smith - BBC
Avoid at all costs.
Johnny Vaughan - Sun Online
The slapstick isn't sadistic. But that doesn't make this sequel's propensity of scenes where animals attack Nick, and moments where he learns the difference between a house and a home, more than inoffensive.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
There's no attempt at even a plot, short of the all too predictable ending where it all turns out fine
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Nothing is very funny in this movie, and everything is predictable.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Well, it's not as mean-spirited as its predecessor.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Director Steve Carr is apparently the go-to guy for African-American comedy actors looking to destroy any last vestiges of already waning credibility.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
The real question is whether or not Ice Cube's career is done yet.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Dull and forgettable, relentlessly extending this family comedy franchise.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
As much a broken-down wreck as the house at the center of the plot.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's just awful. It's beyond awful.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Yeah, we're done.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
Even though the cinematic foundation of this cheap prefab fluff is a message of family togetherness, the building materials -- boneheaded behavior, overwrought conflict, treacly sentiment -- have classic dry rot.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out New York
There's lots of falling down, sloppy food messes and animals taunting the heroes. Cube does a good job mugging it up in his pratfalls. He shows he doesn't have to take himself seriously but can commit to the ridiculous with joy.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
It isn't gangsta, but it's winning all the same.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Despite his trademark scowl, Cube can't keep himself from looking sheepish. That's where the title comes in.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
the cringe to laugh ratio is about 60/40 cringe.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
Amid all the episodic muddle and din of Are We Done Yet?, you can feel assured of one thing: no one here is your guy.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
...ostensibly based on the old Cary Grant classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, but you'd never guess it.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
In answer to the cinematic question Are We Done Yet? one can only answer, 'Let's hope so.'
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Baltimore Sun
Ostensibly, the message...is the difference between an expensive house and a priceless home, but since the message is taught by a greedy psychopath, it rings a bit hollow.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
They ought to take a bulldozer to this witless slapstick concoction.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Starved for a laugh, the film drags on until finally the predictable life lesson is taught and the credits roll.
Brett Register - Orlando Weekly
So are we done yet with his snarl for self-deprecating giggles? Sadly, this is one bad rap session that shouldn't be featured on a future Ice Cube-inspired CD.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
I've never even seen the old Cary Grant version, and yet I know that even if it was the worst film of 1948, it's still 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times better than Are We Done Yet?
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
the most mechanical kind of moviemaking... Every time you think 'Done' has gone as low as it can go, it manages to sink a little bit further into the septic tank...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Fans of the first film can rest assured that a change in the director's chair -- Dr. Dolittle 2 auteur Steve Carr taking over for the presumably indisposed Brian Levant -- has done little to curb the overall tone of slapstick desperation.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Puerile prop gags slapped in without development, an inane score, dud reactions, Steve Carr's dismal direction, a Magic Johnson phone-in cameo -- it adds up to the question that keeps arising, which is (yep) the title.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
We were done in the first five minutes.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Are We Done Yet? One can only hope. (Sorry, but when a critic dislikes a film, and is handed a title like Are We Done Yet? he has to answer the call.)
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It's not as funny as it could be, but it's laudable that Ice Cube is making family-friendly movies.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
For all his scowling bluster, Ice Cube long ago turned into a bit of a teddy bear. (Is this really the guy who rapped on N.W.A.'s 'Straight Outta Compton'?)
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Call it habitat for stupidity.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
There's not a whiff of freshness in all of Are We Done Yet?, which goes for the very lowest common denominator in terms of laughs -- and still misses that broad mark 99 3/4 percent of its seemingly interminable running time.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
There is something almost revolutionary about the way it and a couple of other recent movies (including this week's Firehouse Dog) are attempting to bring back the sort of live-action family films that Disney used to churn out in the '70s.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
As for the rhetorical question imposed in the title... nah, too easy.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It lies there like the housewarming gifts of dead sturgeon that are another lame attempt at humor in the film, smelling slightly fishy but not yet starting to stink.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
Ice Cube, here's a message for you. Henceforth, until you make a better movie than Are We Done Yet?, we're resorting to calling you Lukewarm Cube.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Is it over yet?
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The plot follows an inevitable path of life lessons and forgiving hugs...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Don't expect classic screwball charm from this by-the-numbers family gagfest.
Simon Glickman - E! Online
Dave White - Movies.com
In most films, a bathroom-related joke would represent the lowest form of humor. In this one, it's a highlight.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
[A]n utter disaster of filmmaking as even the most rudimentary kind of brainless entertainment...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The film desperately needs a stronger script; one with a few funny jokes would be nice. Instead what we get is an incessant score that punctuates every pratfall and clues the audience in to what's meant to be funny.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
No cleverness was exerted on this one.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
The actors are all likable, the film moves at a brisk pace and there are even one or two jokes that appear to be original.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
An excuse for indifferently executed slapstick involving Ice Cube, who contributes little more than a series of snarls and scowls to the proceedings.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
The new movie is good-natured and sometimes funny. It also doesn't make a lick of sense.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Let me, a UW alumnus, assure you that no one would have Husky purple and Cougar crimson in the same closet. The fact that Nick wears both shows how top-to-bottom brainless this movie is.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's enjoyable for what it is, but without McGinley, it would've needed major remodeling.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
An animated Ice Cube greets the audience in the opening credit sequence, but that's the last time you will see an energetic and engaging Ice Cube for the rest of the movie
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Grammatically incorrect though it is, Are We Done Yet? is precisely what audiences will be pleading by the ten-minute mark.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Like its predecessor, Are We Done Yet? is amiable enough, but not enough to make it compelling.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Done is a softer picture aimed more at home repair guffaws and comic anxiety rather than a soul-sucking endurance test of misery. The upgrade is appreciated if not completely enjoyed.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
No one will mistake Ice Cube's comic timing for Cary Grant's, but this remake of the 1948 RKO comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a moderately amusing family film, if not a terribly inspired one.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
It's alternately mean-spirited and dumb, and it features few if any laughs.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The script could be generated with a few dozen lines of Java code.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A soulless cinematic travesty that leaves only loathing in its wake.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
What makes Are We Done Yet? so shoddy isn't its likeable star's now-familiar cuddly-bear persona, but the fact that the film could easily pass for another entry in the Cheaper by the Dozen franchise.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Played for laughs but sadly lacking, Are We Done Yet manages to take a funny premise and squeeze it dry of every teensy morsel of humour.
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