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Comic Chris Rock co-scripted and stars in this remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which was also remade with Warren Beatty in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait. Comedian Lance Barton (Rock) is struggling to get his career off the ground when he dies in an untimely bus accident; arriving at the Pearly Gates, he discovers that he's not supposed to have passed on for another 50 years. Barton is not happy with this turn of events, and eventually the Powers That Be send his spirit back to Earth, but for the time being he has to make do with the body of a middle-aged, closed-minded millionaire,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The makers of Down to Earth were faced with a dilemma nobody would have anticipated: Boosting their star's screen time kills the comedy."
‑ Matthew Feeney, Slate
"Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising."
‑ Caleb Crain, Village Voice
"Likeable Chris Rock in a comedy about race."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Down to Earth" follows the plot of "Heaven Can Wait" the way a robot follows its programming."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Para Chris Rock, el estrellato que se pensaba podía adquirir con su primer estelar tendrá que esperar hasta una mejor oportunidad"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"A two-word review: Chris rocks."
‑ Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Down to Earth is worth seeing. Like mainstream brew, it doesnt have high potency, but it is a nice diversion."
‑ Tony Macklin, Las Vegas CityLife
"To put it bluntly: this is a bad movie."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"It's too bad that something with so much potential was forgotten at the box office. It's especially too bad because the film got what it deserved."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Rock saw the untapped goldmine of humor, found when a white person acts black."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
""Down to Earth" crashes instead of alighting on angels' wings."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"Goes out of its way to avoid being funny -- backs actors into corners, restricting them from using their natural talent."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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