'House Party' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   25 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 25 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    [It's] fast-moving, never dull, extremely funny, and manages to touch, with lighthearted (and R-rated) profundity on almost every youthful issue you can imagine, including police harassment, teenage sex, the all-too-easy road to jail and alcohol drinking.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    There's a lot more energy and social reality in this picture than one is accustomed to finding in teen exploitation movies; the cutting is often dynamic, and Hudlin generally does a good job of keeping things moving.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    75
    An energetic and hilarious party film with charming stars, a killer soundtrack, and some great moments...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Film4
    This is a feel-good no-brainer with a party-loving cast and flat-top hairdos you could play pool on.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Time Out
    Clearly this is no masterpiece, but as its US reception indicated, it is a product overdue in the market, and it compares well with its anaemic counterparts.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Crude and cartoony but hypnotic in its infectious energy, this low-budget comedy about a night in the lives of some black teenagers is an auspicious debut from brothers Reginald (directing) and Warrington (producing) Hudlin.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    The first--and best--of the three black comedies made of the same concept, this joyful picture was far less cloying than its white counterpart movies of the 1960s.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    40
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    60
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mark Palermo Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    This is the only House Party that counts.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jeffrey Westhoff Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
    60
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Brian J. Arthurs Beach Reporter (Southern California)
    60
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Chris Hicks Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    75
    What is most appealing about House Party, and what sets it apart from many movies in the same genre, is that there is an energy and exuberance, a joy of living being celebrated here that is absolutely infectious.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    60
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Sanford Kalamazoo Gazette
    60
    good-natured, raunchy fun
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg eFilmCritic.com
    60
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Ed Gonzalez Apollo Guide
    62
    An aged piece of ghetto-lore that has become less black-counterpart to Heathers and Dazed and Confused than pristine example of serendipity in film.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
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