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“Tower Heist Is The Perfect Summer Movie! Too Bad It Didn't Come Out In The Summer, However.”
“Hands Down The Best Comedy Of The Year. I Cannot Fathom How Outstanding This Movie Is. Tower Heist Not Only Killed Me With Laughter But Has Brought Us Back The Old Eddie Murphy We All Loved And Missed. Clever ,childish And Ridiculous Don't Miss This Movie”
“There's Little Here To Tickle The Funny Bone.”
“Tower To Floor 59. Checkmate.”
Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Ratner goes for the safe bet and the easy score, which means that, for all his shows of solidarity with the working stiffs, he has more in common with the wealthy scam artist who took their hard-earned money.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This looks like the umpteenth draft of a script that no one was entirely happy with.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
"Tower Heist" is an improbably satisfying action comedy, the kind of wax-on-wax-off, slickly machined Hollywood widget that meets its audience's expectations without once aspiring to exceed them.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Tower Heist'' is smoothly made and smart enough. It's not going for too much, but I laughed a lot, despite knowing better, which was more or less any time Eddie Murphy says anything to Ben Stiller.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Tower Heist deserves credit as a clean, well-turned job, fleet and funny and inconsequential. It gets in and gets out quickly... and leaves no trace once it's gone.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Boasts an unusually strong cast of actors, who boost the slick screenplay into a satisfying popcorn picture.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The type of film with which Mr. Ratner has claimed to be infatuated is itself like a caper -- it requires precise execution. "Tower Heist" is more like that 10-story Snoopy, as he drunkenly bobs along Central Park West.
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
Eddie Murphy reignites his inner firecracker in Tower Heist, a middling comedy caper that can't match its star's focus.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
...things take a turn for the worse during the heist itself, as more and more ridiculous elements and obstacles turn up, and Ratner fails to sell them.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
A shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy...
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Toss everything you can find, starting with roughly diced plots, into the blender, press "Pulse," and pray: such appears to be the method behind "Tower Heist."
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
This isn't a great heist movie for a lot of reasons, beginning with the stupidity of its heist plan and the impossibility of these characters ever being successful at anything more complex than standing in line.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
For what it is - recessionary wish-fulfillment escapism, with a lot of highly skilled familiar faces in its amply qualified cast - it's fun.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Devoting more time to the setup than to the follow-through, Tower Heist doesn't really build suspense so much as it builds impatience - for the thing to be over.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Comedy is funnier when it rebounds off a hard reality, and the money woes underpinning "Tower Heist" give the caper a solid bounce.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The big-budget pic goes wonky on the way to the bank, due to its lackluster pacing and shortage of the qualities that typically earn stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy their paychecks -- namely, laughs.
Peter Debruge - Variety
It's a cunningly engineered movie that's as much fun as "Ocean's 11," a tale of a Renoir of ripoff who matches skills with freewheeling, improvisational rivals -- the Jackson Pollocks of plunder.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A cast of comedy specialists each deliver their comic specialties to perfection, delivering double-takes and one liners so well that you don't notice how clunky the actual caper in this caper comedy is.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Another thing Ratner is good at is not wasting our time when he runs out of ideas. But he leaves us smiling, if not believing our own eyes.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Made me laugh and held my interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is. Call it an acceptable bit of B-minus work from a C student.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
On the plus side, 'Tower Heist' has a well-cast ensemble and makes great use of its mid-Manhattan location, including an incursion into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
It's harder to imagine a meatier-and more wasted-ensemble than what Brett Ratner has at his disposal in "Tower Heist.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The latest comedy-action film from director Brad Ratner is a shaggy affair, but it's intermittently inspired in its action sequences and the comic business of its sprawling cast.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
"Tower Heist" is funny in the way of so many Hollywood comedies, meaning that individual scenes are often crisply written and played, but the whole doesn't add up to anything.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The most that can be said for Tower Heist, the new action comedy from Brett Ratner, is that it's a middlingly well-done evocation of the big-budget caper you remember with vague fondness from long-ago matinees at the mall.
Dana Stevens - Slate
This is a sadly common example of a filmmaker designing his production for inattentive, lazy audiences who don't really care about story coherence or consistency. It's a "turn off the brain" movie.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Ratner and screenwriters Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson use the financial mayhem as a plot trigger for an elaborate scheme that, however far-fetched, is all but irresistible in its criminal legitimacy and its promise for just desserts.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
When Murphy's on screen in his classic comic mode, it's hard to focus on anyone or anything else. It's as if we've turned back time and erased all those family-friendly duds and lame laughers...
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
It's hard to go completely wrong when you've got Broderick shuffling around in a bathrobe and Murphy scampering in black leather.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
You won't remember Tower Heist an hour later, but the top cast makes the jokes (even the lousy ones) go down easy.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Cheerfully crappy schlock.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"Tower Heist" might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The one-liners pop and the cast delivers.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
All corners of the oddball comedy genre are squarely covered in a way that somehow seems fresh despite the well tried-and-tested formula.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
What we end up with is a film that will have you laughing all the way through while at the same time reminding you that some talent never goes away, it just hibernates in smaller or inferior movies for awhile before that right project reaches them.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Tower Heist is too much fun too dislike. It may not be the smartest or even the funniest film of the year, but it does feature one very entertaining ensemble that makes for a great ride.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Feels more like a droll drama than an actual comedy, and it could have worked on those merits, but the stilted comedic asides rob the film of genuine weight.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
A funny, if farfetched, revenge fantasy for folks bilked by the likes of Bernie Madoff.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Tower Heist succeeds because of Eddie Murphy's snarky performance, and fun turns from the rest of the cast. But the heist itself is a little dumb and the story is riddled with plot holes.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Occupy this: A feisty and funny heist movie with a nice turn by some guy named Eddie Murphy.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It's the Occupy Movement ethos via a comedy crime caper.
Matt Neal - The Standard
The movie is no fun, except when Murphy is around, which isn't nearly enough.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Tower Heist is an entertaining crime comedy that features solid popcorn filmmaking from Brett Ratner and a big time cast having fun.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
One can't help but feel there must have been a little more meat on the bones of the script at some point.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au