What The Critics Say
Compiled by Kavita Daswani
Eddie Griffin, Orlando Jones and Edward Herrmann star in this buddy action comedy about a successful New York banker who is framed for money-laundering and switches identities with a petty thief.
'An otherwise lame variation on Trading Places . . . is funnier than it ought to be thanks to a revved-up, free-wheeling performance from Eddie Griffin. Letting his comic instincts be his guide, Griffin, making like an urban Jim Carrey, commandeers this rickety vehicle and manages to earn the laughs that the writing and directing fail to find.'
Cyber-thriller starring Tim Robbins and Ryan Philippe, about a brilliant young programmer who goes to work for a giant software company being investigated for monopolistic practices. But there is also much evil at play.
'. . . [Robbins] does a taller, warmer Bill Gates with a background-in-theatre thing, though he doesn't tax himself overmuch. His biggest acting challenge seems to have been his struggle to unlearn how to eat potato chips. Ominous music when the villain's name is dropped, plot points driven home with ludicrous zooms and a surplus of meaningless cut-aways . . . stay home and download. It's far more suspenseful.'
Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp star in this historical thriller based on the Cuban missile crisis.
'Reasonably intelligent, well-crafted and dramatically understated by contemporary standards, this capably-acted look at how the Kennedy White House navigated a successful course through treacherous political seas has all the prosaic virtues of a high-end, old-fashioned television production, albeit with a few modest action elements thrown in.'