Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.
Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly
Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled Barbershop but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.
Stephen Holden — New York Times
While it claims to be about great American values such as family and love, it's been made with nary a lick of TLC.
Wesley Morris — Boston Globe
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.
Akiva Gottlieb — Village Voice
A lifeless comedy featuring a cast of familiar faces who must have needed the paycheck.
Robert Dominguez — New York Daily News
The cast is, for the most part, fun, and the story addresses themes of family togetherness and humility in a way that won't make you gag.
Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News
This is one dull party.
J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader
Proceeds at a rambling pace without developing much in the way of comic momentum or scoring many laugh-out-loud high points.
Joe Leydon — Variety
A feeble mess.
Megan Lehmann — New York Post
Lacks flavor, laughs and insight.
Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel
A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.
Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter
The Cookout is good-natured but it's a dud.
Kevin Thomas — Los Angeles Times
Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.
Nell Minow — Common Sense Media
The very definition of an easy target--and, in all fairness, it deserves every last bit of criticism.
Michael Dequina — TheMovieReport.com
Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here.
Jim Lane — Sacramento News & Review
Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.
Keith Phipps — AV Club
Uma "comedia" sem a menor graca que, com seus estereotipos ofensivos a brancos, negros e homossexuais, falha nao so do ponto de vista cinematografico, mas tambem humano.
Pablo Villaca — Cinema em Cena
...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought.
Frank Ochieng — TheWorldJournal.com
It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull.
Anthony Del Valle — Las Vegas Mercury
Everything else here -- from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem -- is sour to taste.
Kimberley Jones — Austin Chronicle
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