Tower Heist Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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