Head of State
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Can a high-attitude African-American politician who says what he thinks stand a chance in a presidential campaign? Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a straight-talking alderman representing a inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C. In the midst of a hard-fought race for the White House, the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates are killed in an airline crash, and with little time to prepare a new campaign, the Republican candidate, Vice President Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy), seems all but guaranteed to win. With practically nothing to loose, party head Martin Geller (Dylan… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A missed opportunity."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As a TV sitcom pilot, Head of State might have potential, but, on a multiplex screen, the execution (if not the premise) is thin."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Rock is a man who continues to perpetuate stereotypes for the price of "comedy" and continues making one terrible film after the other."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Not merely satisfied with stereotyping whites, Rock insists on taking shots at blacks, fat people, poor people and even spina bifida patients."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"It may be an overly simplistic fantasy, but it's a funny one, and you won't find anything at the cineplex more relevant."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It's pretty much a toothless dog."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Chris Rock runs for president."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Chris Rock suffers from painful verbal constipation in this PG-13 clunker. Hollywood, make it NC-17 when Chris and Bernie run for re-election."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Rock serves as star, director, co-writer, and co-producer, so he can't point fingers at anyone else when the film loses its way."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"... 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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"'...Along comes Chris Rock with "Head of State", a mild comedy...'"
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Although a reheated formula, Head of State dishes out a few original laughs due to in part to the writing of Chris Rock."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"With the whole country watching him, Chris Rock has absolutely nothing of substance to say."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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