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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Doesn't seem directed at all; you half expect the actors to crash into each other. Still, give me the attempted satire of Head of State over the racial stereotyping of "Bringing Down the House" anyday. You can feel a mind at work when you watch Rock. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Pleasing and occasionally very funny movie that maintains a mild but consistent hold on its audience. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Chris Rock was busy directing, producing, co-writing and starring in this light comedy. Given his hilarious stand-up routines, one wishes he had spent a little more time on the script. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is silliness of such a special grade, performed with such zest, that it makes you forgive and even forget the movie's foolishness and borderline incoherence. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A tepid amalgam of other, similarly themed movies. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An imperfect movie, but not a boring one and not lacking in intelligence. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The key term here is "fairy tale," because, although the movie occasionally tries for dramatic moments, they're overplayed, undercooked, and divorced from reality. show more

  • 63
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    In Head of State, Rock may be verging on becoming a heart-warmer. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    I'd like Head of State better if it had less cartoonish violence, and if its gags weren't so predictable. Rock is in fine comic form, though, and his directing debut shows real promise. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Right now, this goofy film is the best candidate for mindless, enjoyable laughs. show more

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