'Tower Heist' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
69%
Rotten Tomatoes:   189 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This looks like the umpteenth draft of a script that no one was entirely happy with.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Boasts an unusually strong cast of actors, who boost the slick screenplay into a satisfying popcorn picture.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    Eddie Murphy reignites his inner firecracker in Tower Heist, a middling comedy caper that can't match its star's focus.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    ...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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    A shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    For what it is - recessionary wish-fulfillment escapism, with a lot of highly skilled familiar faces in its amply qualified cast - it's fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Comedy is funnier when it rebounds off a hard reality, and the money woes underpinning "Tower Heist" give the caper a solid bounce.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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