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About the Movie
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in this hilarious comedy caper about a luxury condo manager (Stiller) who leads a staff of workers to seek payback on the Wall Street swindler (Alan Alda) who defrauded them. With only days until the billionaire gets away with the perfect crime, the unlikely crew of amateur thieves enlists the help of petty crook Slide (Murphy) to steal the $20 million they’re sure is hidden in the penthouse. From the director of the Rush Hour series, “Tower Heist is so fun, it's criminal!” (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 186
- Fresh: 125
- Rotten: 61
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours.
Fresh: Between the protracted setup and the fizzled execution, however, Tower Heist finds a nice comic groove in the job's planning stages, when Murphy finally bursts onto the scene and pings jokes off his timid counterparts.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: "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.
A COMEDY CAPER WITH MIXED RESULTS
I didn't love "Tower Heist", but I didn't hate it either. Considering that the movie was directed by Brett Ratner (whose past filmography includes the "Rush Hour" trilogy and "X-Men: The Last Stand"), I was hardly expecting it to be a masterpiece…and obviously it wasn't. But I can't say that I didn't enjoy myself while watching it. The film certainly had a lot to offer, including a hilarious and likable all-star cast, a ton of brilliantly delivered one-liners, and even a few gripping, stylish action set pieces. But what mostly sold me was the acting. Eddie Murphy easily stole the spotlight in every scene he starred in as a petty crook (even though he had very little screen time overall). In particular, the comedic dialogue he shared with Gabourey Sidibe (starring as a sassy Jamaican maid) was incredibly hysterical. Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, and Michael Peña were also total laugh riots at times. But even I have to admit that Ben Stiller's performance as the main protagonist was lazy, inept, and not as fleshed out as it could've been. As for Alan Alda (the movie's villain), it didn't seem like he was even interested in the role that was given to him in the first place. His character was uninteresting for the most part and his evil intentions were more than obvious right from the start of the film. Acting aside, though, the story was a little disappointing, seeing how it was basically one big, convoluted retread of "Ocean's Eleven". Plus, it could've done without so many plot holes. But maybe I'm just nitpicking too excessively, so I'll just get right to the point. All in all, "Tower Heist" is a great choice if you're in the mood to watch a mindless buddy/action flick with plenty of good-hearted humor to spare. If you get the chance, rent it and see what you think.
Tower Heist (2011)
This movie was really funny. This was Eddie Murphy's comeback film after years of doing child movies.
this film is funny interstenging and well done. i love it and i think its ver good.