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After delivering a critical and box-office hit with 2001's Bandits, director Barry Levinson once again takes on the comedy genre with Envy. The film stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black as Tim Dingman and Nick Vanderpark, two middle-class working stiffs and life-long pals. When Nick comes up with an invention that does away with pet droppings, he and his wife, Natalie (Amy Poehler), suddenly find themselves obscenely rich. However, Tim has a hard time getting used to his friend's good fortune and becomes jealous, putting an increasing amount of tension between the two. Also starring Rachel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... one of the worst comedies I've ever seen."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a long, long time between chuckles."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Barry Levinson's career slump continues apace with a wannabe black comedy that's neither dark nor funny."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"A primary plot device involves the literal beating of a dead horse -- would they just like to write the reviews for us?"
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
"Envy crawls to its finish through a minefield of poor taste and comedic misfires."
‑ Anthony Breznican, Associated Press
"For an alleged comedy with such star power, Envy reeks enough to wish there was a vaporizer that would make it magically disappear."
‑ Sara Gebhardt, Washington Post
"Charlie Kaufman possibly could have uncovered this story's true smugness. Instead, Jack Black and Ben Stiller exaggerate what works about their styles to the point of annoyance in a can't-miss misfire akin to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's "Neighbors.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"...certainly not the flat-out disaster it's been made out to be."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is in fact consistently adequate and, in places, achieves nothing short of above-averageness."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Ultimately more amusing than hilarious, and sometimes less than that."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"One of those cinematic curiosities that almost always fade quickly."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Here's my pitch for a product: A spray that causes really bad movies to vaporize into air."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I don't think any critic could have predicted a turkey like this based on the immense level of talent that is involved here."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Not quite as good as it should have been, despite spirited performances from Black and Stiller and Christopher Walken on top crazy bonkers mental form."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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