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
Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
It does provide some true laughs and, incredibly, some real humanity.
David Noh - Film Journal International
The movie unfolds in the most perfunctory fashion. At least the food looks good.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Director Lance Rivera raises some legitimate questions about moving up versus selling out and the commodification of professional athletes, but he couldn't care less about answering them.
Brooke Holgerson - Boston Phoenix
Rippin' and Dippin'
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
- Baltimore Sun
Rivera and a host of screenwriters were apparently as cowed by Lady Em as Todd; she sucks up much of the screen time, and admirable though her family values may be, they're not exactly rip-roaring funny.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
This is one more entry in the long list of 'urban comedies' that dish out the kind of humor that would probably spark protests if the filmmakers weren't African-American.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
There might have been a decent comedy here if someone had remembered to insert some actual humor.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
The few high points hardly add up to enough to keep this barbecue grill from just fizzling out.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The actual get-together is more like soggy leftovers served with cheap laughs and even cheaper sentiment.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
The jokes are not just stale; they can also be labor-intensive.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
The worst stereotypes of African Americans since Soul Plane.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A lowfat feast of stereotypes.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
There are a few chuckles scattered the film, but there's more embarrassment over the tired, obvious gags. It's not a black thing or a white thing; it's an incompetent thing.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
[A] low-flame comedy.
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice) - Boxoffice Magazine
The Cookout never gets fired up.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Everyone on the guest list is a cliche.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
Jerryrigged out of painful stereotypes...so offensive, crude, and dumb that the occasional legitimate satire and good-natured family-values message are effectively negated.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's too bad that a fresh, smart, and courageous look at conflicts about racist stereotypes gets lost among poop jokes and dope jokes and clueless whitey jokes.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
It took a village of screenwriters and story creators ... to cram just about every imaginable stereotype about African-Americans and white people ever conceived into this short, unappetizing comedy.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Cookout holds a smug, mean-spirited undercurrent, made all the more rotten by an attempted sincerity as false as a set of dentures.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com