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Tower Heist

Action . Comedy . Crime

A luxury condo manager leads a staff of workers to seek payback on the Wall Street swindler 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 to steal the $20 million they’re sure is hidden in the penthouse.

Actors: Michael Peña , Stephen Henderson , Gabourey Sidibe , Judd Hirsch , Téa Leoni , Matthew Broderick , Alan Alda , Casey Affleck , Eddie Murphy , Ben Stiller
Directors: Brett Ratner
Country: USA
Release: 2011-11-04
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  • Kyle Smith

    This movie doesn't get huffy, it gets laughs.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    A highly entertaining and heartfelt action comedy that ought to steal more laughs than any other film this holiday season.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A smoothly engineered crowd pleaser.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    To a one, they nail the humor, all right, but they also, quite crucially, humanize the high concept.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    As far as sophisticated caper flicks go, Tower Heist is oceans away from George Clooney's crew. Compared to other recent comedies, it's pretty light on the laughs.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It keeps things light and entertaining. And for $8 admission, that's never a bad investment.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Smoothly made and smart enough. It's not going for too much, but I laughed a lot.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    For what it is - recessionary wish-fulfillment escapism, with a lot of highly skilled familiar faces in its amply qualified cast - it's fun.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A winning "Robin Hood and his Merry Doormen" comedy about getting even. 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.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Tower Heist is overstuffed with actors, and yet Ratner manages to give each of them one or two good moments.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    You can't help leaving the film with the following thought: Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    More than the marquee names, the second bananas keep the movie bobbing along: Broderick's pharmaceutically vague hangdog act is perfect ("If you need me, I'll be living in this box"), while Peña turns out to be a fine comedian, an enthusiastically yipping dumb puppy here.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Tower Heist is as over-inflated as those Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons that are featured in the movie's climax. Also similarly, it's entertaining in its own predictable way.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's not much to say about a jerry-built caper comedy, except that this one has timeliness on it side, and some first-rate clowns.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    An improbably satisfying action comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is broad and clumsy, and the dialogue cannot be described as witty, but a kind of grandeur creeps into the screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    Fun if uneven stuff from Ratner. A welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy and an even-more-welcome turn by the ever-excellent Alan Alda.

    Empire Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Boasts an unusually strong cast of actors, who boost the slick screenplay into a satisfying popcorn picture.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Tower Heist is funny in the way of so many Hollywood comedies, meaning that individual scenes are often crisply written and played, but the whole doesn't add up to anything. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If this film turns out to be a big success, malls everywhere may want to hire more security.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Doesn't demand much of the audience, sure, but it doesn't provide much, either. It's as if an all-star gang of would-be crooks got together to rip off...moviegoers.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    In the end, Tower Heist isn't a black Ocean's Eleven or a bold leap forward for feature-film distribution, just a passable piece of commercial entertainment that falls closer to product than art.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The combined efforts of this fine ensemble cast make Tower Heist go down easier than it otherwise might, but the film's potential as a buddy comedy is sadly wasted.

    Slate Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Tower Heist feigns being an "Ocean's 11" for schmucks, but plays like a retread of "48 Hours."

    USA Today Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Tower Heist could and should have been much more. Mr. Ratner goes for the safe bet and the easy score.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Twice as funny as I thought it would be but not half as funny as it could have been.

    Time Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The caper is a dud - so stupid and implausible from beginning to end that it's impossible to take it seriously for even the briefest of moments.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The best thing about this mildly diverting but instantly forgettable comedy is that it seems to have awakened something in Murphy that had laid dormant for much of the past two decades.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    During the heist itself, the suspense is palpable, if only because Christophe Beck's funky score blares its horns so insistently, one can't help but feel anxious. But the laughs don't follow.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Fear

    A set piece involving a skyscraper and a sports car proves he can induce sweaty palms, but one nail-biting moment and some much-misssed Murphy mouthiness won't keep you from feeling like you're the one being ripped off.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    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.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Defiantly graceless, Brett Ratner deals in loudness, haplessness, obviousness, and, certainly, crudeness, reminding you of his directorial presence with such inclusions as a scolded kid who tells his disciplinarian to "suck it."

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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