An alderman (Chris Rock) becomes a presidential candidate and chooses his unsophisticated brother (Bernie Mac) as a running mate.
" A missed opportunity. "
" It's pretty much a toothless dog. "
" It's mostly just bland and occasionally embarrassing. "
" It's fast and funny and easily the smartest thing Rock has done in a long while. "
" Not the sharpest political humor I've ever heard, but it gets my vote for the stupidest fun I've had in a long time. "
" It hits easy targets with broad swipes, and its simple message is the same as Disney kiddie fare: Be yourself. "
" Based on Rock's awkward performances, it's anybody's guess why DreamWorks thought the comic was remotely ready to step behind the camera. "
" Ascends to caustic comic outrage every so often and is dopily amusing the rest of the time. "
" [Rock] and Bernie Mac ... provide a furious combination of stylistically different but equally effective jabs at the status quo. "
" What it does wrong is hard to miss, but what it does right is hard to find: it makes an angry and fairly timely comic attack on an electoral system where candidates don't say what they really think but simply repeat safe centrist banalities. "
" It's difficult not to be dismayed by the script's predictable jokes and cliched thinking. "
" Though the comedy falls short of a debacle -- which is what such egocentric projects tend to be -- it isn't as sharp, fast or funny as Rock's stand-up routines. "
" ... I liked this premise in movies like Dave, or the Eddie Murphy movie The Distinguished Gentleman, where the unknown or the underdog becomes the candidate or even the president, but this is so poorly done. "
" A pleasing and occasionally very funny movie that maintains a mild but consistent hold on its audience. "
" As a TV sitcom pilot, Head of State might have potential, but, on a multiplex screen, the execution (if not the premise) is thin. "
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