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Bringing Down the House Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If you go to see this sloppy sitcom, in which Mr. Martin plays a divorced, repressed lawyer named Peter Sanderson, do expect to be surprised, seduced and entertained by Queen Latifah.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Feels like a bad sitcom.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Stock farce characters and stale scenes of mayhem fill the downtime between the Martin-Latifah skirmishes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Having funny lines and amusing gags is only half the battle. The rest is in the delivery, and that's where the trio of Martin, Latifah, and Levy excel.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong material for a PG-13, including explicit sexual references and a graphic apparent sexual situation, very strong language, a lot of drinking, and drug humor (it's supposed to be very funny that a very dignified elderly lady gets stoned on marijuana). A young teenage girl sneaks out with a boy and finds it more than she can handle when he takes her to a party where people are drinking and doing drugs and he tries to force her to have sex. It is supposed to be funny that Peter's son reads a dirty magazine (that belongs to Peter) and that Peter's sister-in-law is essentially a paid girlfriend for very elderly rich men. Some people may be offended by some of the racist language and stereotypes, but the movie is clear that it is offensive and stupid to be bigoted and cowardly and foolish to be silent when those views are expressed.

  • Families can talk about Charlene's advice to Peter on how to communicate with his teenage daughter. They should also talk about how the adults in their family try to maintain a balance between work and family and how to best communicate to family members that they are the top priority.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: None Mild scariness and peril, mostly comic

  • sex false5

    Sex: Strong sexual references for a PG-13

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language for a PG-13

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of drinking, drug humor, references to drug use

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