'Tower Heist' review round-up: The next 'Ocean's 11'?

tower-heist-eddie-murphy-be.jpg "Tower Heist" opens Friday (Nov. 4), an all-star comedy caper movie about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. It stars Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Alan Alda, among a host of other actors. So what are the critics saying? The reviews are pretty split, with the positive ones taking just a slight edge.

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post writes, "'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."

The New York Post's Kyle Smith says, "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."

Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes, "Tower Heist" might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things."

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says, "You won't remember Tower Heist an hour later, but the top cast makes the jokes (even the lousy ones) go down easy."

But not every reviewer is so complimentary.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "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."

The Yahoo Projector's Will Leitch says, "'Tower Heist.' A bunch of comic actors pretend to be thieves, poorly, and at the end there's a parade."

Lisa Schwarzbaum
of EW writes, "'Tower Heist' is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky."


Will you be checking out "Tower Heist" this weekend?

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