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Malibu's Most Wanted 2003

Critics score:
31 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: This might be the first movie about player-haters that's not hateful itself. Read more

Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Director John Whitesell is reduced to zeroing in on Kennedy's butt cleavage, a sure sign of comedic desperation. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Jamie Kennedy's B-Rad is based on a character from his TV show -- and as the centerpiece for a sketch, he's hilarious. But the B-Rad joke wears thin when stretched across a feature-length film. Read more

Loren King, Chicago Tribune: As with most movies that start as comic sketches -- much of the Saturday Night Live franchise, for example -- the funny ideas and characters are rarely fleshed out enough to justify 90 minutes. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: When it works, Malibu's Most Wanted ... scores glancingly as a mischievous social satire lampooning spoiled suburban white boys who play at being black, as well as the hyper-macho attitudes and vocabulary of actual gangsta rappers. Read more

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Director John Whitesell and Kennedy and a clutch of his co-writers mine this improbable premise for more comic cultural satire than one might expect, but after an hour, or two-thirds of the film, they run out of gas. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Clumsy movie. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A send-up of rap personality in which no one actually has a personality. Read more

Victor Dwyer, Globe and Mail: Silly excuse for a movie. Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: It's just the sort of slight, thrown-together mess you would expect from a movie based on a character from a TV show. Read more

Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly: Amiable but not especially funny. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Kennedy identifies with B-rad's ghetto-envy on some level, but his humor is too broad to be subversive, too bland to qualify as satire. Read more

Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger: At its worst, Malibu's Most Wanted resembles a 10th-generation dupe of some bottom-dwelling teen comedy daubed with fake family uplift. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: This cinematic territory has been picked clean, especially recently with Bringin' Down the House and its ilk. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie has a good satirical idea and does some nice things with it, but not enough. Read more

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C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle: As a star vehicle for Kennedy, Malibu doesn't advance the ball, but the timing could be perfect to grab the eager-for -the-end -of-school crowd. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: B-rad's rapping is so bad it's irritating. That part is intentional. The rest of the movie's irritation just comes naturally. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star: Maybe in a half-hour format, the idea would stand up. But in a feature film, B-Rad's schtick seems like a one-note song. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Think of a B-grade Bulworth with lesser talents than A-listers Warren Beatty and Halle Berry. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: What could have been a wily satire on contempo racial politics and culture, Malibu's Most Wanted ultimately implodes, letting down the 'hood, hip-hoppers and Jamie Kennedy fans looking forward to his first major starring role. Read more

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice: Most Wanted isn't aiming for social commentary, but it isn't too difficult to enjoy its good-natured humor. Read more