The manager (Ben Stiller) of a luxury condominium joins forces with a petty crook (Eddie Murphy) to steal back the retirement money a Wall Street swindler stole from him and his co-workers.
" So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times. "
" The latest comedy-action film from director Brad Ratner is a shaggy affair, but it's intermittently inspired in its action sequences and the comic business of its sprawling cast. "
" "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. "
" "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. "
" Cheerfully crappy schlock. "
" 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. "
" Alan Alda plays the billionaire, and his oleaginous smarm is so good that you almost wish Alda were starring in a hard-edged movie about Madoff instead of this goofy heist picture that takes way too long getting to the heist. "
" Another thing Ratner is good at is not wasting our time when he runs out of ideas. But he leaves us smiling, if not believing our own eyes. "
" 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. "
" You really want these poor schlubs to get their very justified revenge - just like you want to like this movie. It co-opts you from the very start. "
" Between the protracted setup and the fizzled execution, however, Tower Heist finds a nice comic groove in the job's planning stages, when Murphy finally bursts onto the scene and pings jokes off his timid counterparts. "
" This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama. "
" Eddie Murphy reignites his inner firecracker in Tower Heist, a middling comedy caper that can't match its star's focus. "
" Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours. "
" You won't remember Tower Heist an hour later, but the top cast makes the jokes (even the lousy ones) go down easy. "
" The most that can be said for Tower Heist, the new action comedy from Brett Ratner, is that it's a middlingly well-done evocation of the big-budget caper you remember with vague fondness from long-ago matinees at the mall. "
" Made me laugh and held my interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is. Call it an acceptable bit of B-minus work from a C student. "
" It's hard to go completely wrong when you've got Broderick shuffling around in a bathrobe and Murphy scampering in black leather. "
" Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain. "
" Mr. Ratner goes for the safe bet and the easy score, which means that, for all his shows of solidarity with the working stiffs, he has more in common with the wealthy scam artist who took their hard-earned money. "
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