Kingdom Come
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Based on the play Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones (who also penned this screenplay), this new comedy from the director of Jason's Lyric looks at a family gathering after one of their clan dies of a stroke. In the midst of a sweltering summer, the Slocumb family convenes. They include Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith), the long-suffering, frustrated wife of philandering Junior (Anthony Anderson); there's also the Bible-spouting Marguerite (Loretta Devine), who prays to save her hard-living son Royce (Darius McCrary) from a life on welfare. Lucille (Vivica A. Fox) is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A heavyset daughter who never talks but eats a lot is named Delightful, which is supposed to be funny. That pretty much sums up the movie's comic tone."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"A mediocre sitcom writ large."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"...a well-intentioned yet wholly misguided piece of work that effectively wastes its talented cast..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It takes this stock situation and gives it moments of discovery, as well as an emotional showiness that's sometimes hard to resist."
‑ Marshall Fine, Journal News (Westchester, NY)
"As performed by a wonderful all-star cast, this hybrid low comedy and heart-tugging soap opera proves richly entertaining."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"While Kingdom Come follows the formula for comic combustibility, it's even more inert than Bud, who at least comes to life for a brief fantasy sequence."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Manages to be profound without being pompous."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"There's nothing original about this film, but it does boast a solid anchor in Goldberg and include some pretty good acting around her."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"With its universal themes, Kingdom Come offers a great deal to enjoy, from its stellar cast to its entertaining screenplay"
‑ Ted Murphy,
"Develops an uncommonly warm and compassionate tone."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"The structure and style are a staple of many traveling black stage shows ... What slays them in the second balcony, though, flattens on the screen."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Despite an appealing cast that includes Toni Braxton and Cedric The Entertainer, Kingdom Come won't leave you with a happy feeling -- and it may just leave you feeling surly."
‑ John Zebrowski, Seattle Times
"The script, like the direction by Doug McHenry, relies too heavily for comic effect on broad comic contrivances and high-volume arguments."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Something is amiss when gentleness is the most memorable element of the film that desperately wants to be a rollicking gutbuster."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It is difficult to find anything interesting about the onscreen bickering and distress concerning repeatedly harped-upon issues."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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