Tower Heist Gets the Job Done

Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy star in Brett Ratner film
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 11:58 AM CDT

Tower Heist is a recession comedy, telling the story of a group of men stealing their own money back from a rich swindler. Critics say it’s worth a watch:

  • “Here is a comedy that doesn't go heavy on the excremental, the masturbatory, and symphonies of four-letter words. It's funny in an innocent screwball kind of way,” writes Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy star in “the kinds of roles they both do best,” notes Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times. “Their face-off in the front seat of an out-of-control car is worth the price of admission.”
  • It’s a “middlingly well-done evocation of the big-budget caper you remember with vague fondness from long-ago matinees at the mall,” writes Dana Stevens at Slate, and its "populist" bent is "cathartic."
  • Steven Rea recalls the flick less fondly in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Now I'm especially anxious for the economy to right itself. Otherwise, more movies like Tower Heist are going to be made.”
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