“MORE WEED,MORE FIGHTING,MORE LAUGHS,MORE FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Notable chiefly for feeding a stereotype of blacks as shiftless layabouts interested mainly in recreational drugs and irresponsible sex.
Lawrence Van Gelder - New York Times
Most of the humor is about as fresh as the air left behind whenever Witherspoon uses a toilet.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Next Friday has everything you loved about last Friday.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
One measure of its desperation and lack of respect for its audience is the frequency with which it labors to wring humor from flatulence and excrement gags.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Isn't quite the picture its predecessor was.
Gary Dauphin - Village Voice
Another plotless, pothead comedy.
Robert Dominguez - New York Daily News
Its humor batting average would earn anybody an MVP.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
It delivers the same brand of cheap laughs.
Al Brumley - Dallas Morning News
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Susan Stark - Detroit News
The pic is too larky and goofy to come across as mean-spirited.
Joe Leydon - Variety
The real problem with Next Friday is that the whole movie is so ineptly written and directed that its 90 minutes seem to take twice as long.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Cube walks through this picture in an unconnected, unfunny daze, torching what is obviously a great talent in pursuit of cheap laughs and big box office.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Next Friday is a truly awful film.
Ernest Hardy - Film.com
Next Friday will eventually be remembered as a disposable farce, but one that leaves a happy memory.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
- Sight and Sound
Lazy, dumb, and misogynistic.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
- Time Out
[Cube abandons] the heavy-on-dialogue rhythm in favor of needless subplots rife with hijinks.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
- Film Threat
Keith Perry - Sight and Sound
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Still, in the Wayans Brothers tradition, a few of the vignettes are savvy and effective.
Eric Monder - Film Journal International
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Most of the characters are so foolish and short-sighted that they can't see beyond the last puff of the fattie they're smoking.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Next Friday, after its midway mark, just lumbers until it fizzles out.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Reduced to multiple skits woven together with a hyped soundtrack.
Dwayne E. Leslie - Boxoffice Magazine
- Empire Magazine
A lifeless follow-up.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Next Friday is an extremely funny movie, and this is coming from someone who barely cracked a smile during Friday, the first installment of this franchise.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
If there were any justice, Next Friday would be the last Friday. Somehow, I fear the first weekend grosses will make that unlikely.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Next Friday's a chronic snore.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
If your idea of comedy is falling in doggie-doo or watching guys get stoned and foolish, you'll have a ball.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The flick could use Chris Tucker, co-star of the first Friday, AWOL in the sequel. He probably took a look at the script and realized this sequel was no reason to shout, 'T.G.I.F.'
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While the end of the year is known for Ho, Ho, Ho, movie critics often react to the beginning of the year and its cinematic offerings with No, No, No! Next Friday is one of those films that elicits such a reaction.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Sarah Hepola - Austin Chronicle
Despite the absence of Chris Tucker, who launched his career in Friday, this sequel manages to be funny despite its unevenness.
- E! Online
If the first film was such stoned, dumb fun it felt illegal, Next Friday reminds us of the dangers in returning to the scene of the crime.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
I admit I had a good time at Next Friday. All I'm saying is, don't pay more than matinee price for the privilege.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Ryan Cracknell - Apollo Guide
By the film's hollow conclusion, even Ice Cube has to acknowledge that T.G.I.F. really stands for Thank God, It's Finished.
Sean O'Connell - Citysearch
It's vulgar and raggy, but also very funny.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Not a giggle, not a smile nor a smirk came out or across my face.
Jerry McCormick - San Diego Union-Tribune
Vulgar, stupid and un-PC as it may be, this sequel to 1995's surprise hit Friday is also sporadically funny... occasionally very funny.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
And make no mistake about it, this unfunny farce is as awful as a sequel can get.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A heaping piece of rancid garbage.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Mike Epps makes his motion picture acting debut with Next Friday. By next Monday, he could be a star.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Surely a better title would have been 'Saturday'.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
When you feel like you have to explain the pop culture references in your gags, your movie is in trouble.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A stupid, petulant exercise in racism and misogyny.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Instead of inspired Hollywood Shuffle-style parody, we get caricatures of color and glib riffs about economic insolvency in black America.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
About as deep as an empty wading pool.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Wait for the video.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
Steve Carr is on creative lockdown here.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
Stupidity reigns supreme in Steve Carr's Next Friday.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Ice Cube manages a certain bumbling charm that keeps the film churning along quite winningly for 90 minutes.
Phoebe Flowers - Miami Herald
Next Friday is sloppily assembled, with virtually no plot and absolutely no character development. But it's funny.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
As garishly uninspired as an average UPN sitcom episode.
David Chute - IFilm
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An altered state on the part of a viewer is about the only way for this film to be considered the laugh riot of the year.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
In laying on all the outrageousness, Ice Cube sacrifices a key element to Friday's appeal: a surprising amount of heart.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
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