My Cousin Vinny
My Cousin Vinny (1992)

When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 14, 2001
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84%
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87%



Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The deft comic interplay between Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei helps to elevate My Cousin Vinny's predictable script, and the result is a sharp, hilarious courtroom comedy.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

With such canny scene-stealers as Gwynne, Smith, Pendleton, McGill and Chaykin filling out the cast, it is very hard for My Cousin Vinny to go wrong, and indeed, for the purpose of pleasant Saturday night entertainment, it does not.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

As Vincent Gambini, a swaggering pint-sized New York lawyer who only recently passed the bar on his sixth try, Pesci modulates his usual psycho-nuttiness and gives it some recognizably human, even melancholy, undertones.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

The regional stereotypes in Dale Launer's broad script aren't so laudable, but the on-screen talent merits a retrial: Tomei talks up a storm and Pesci terrorises thinly spread gags into near-shape.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Marisa Tomei, as Vinny's fiancée, imbues the most obligatory reactions with either a startling ferocity or a farcical ambiguity worthy of her character's name: Mona Lisa Vito.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Nothing makes a moviegoer feel more isolated than sitting stony-faced through a comedy that makes the rest of the audience laugh and cheer.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

For all of its grossly stereotypical characterizations and cheap laughs, My Cousin Vinny does benefit from Pesci's characteristically energetic performance. And co-star Tomei looks very nice in a clinging blue dress with gold lame applique.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The movie sags as Vinny sets out to demolish the patently shaky case and dubious witnesses for the prosecution. Pesci does his best, but a lawyer's suit on him becomes a straitjacket.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

The pacing is brisk and the energy of the performances is so palpable that even at its silliest and most contrived, the film is enjoyable.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

I don't want to oversell My Cousin Vinny. It's hardly brilliant. But it's easygoing and occasionally quite funny and ultimately satisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
During a cross-country road trip, two New Yorkers are arrested and jailed in Alabama after being mistaken as murderers of a convenience store clerk. In their… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Riotous fish-out-of-water tale as New Yorkers are trapped down South and fed grits! Pesci is one tough little a--hole (doh! again! but he's good at it) as… More
Melvin White
Vinny: Uh... everything that guy just said is bullshit... Thank you.  "Truth, Justice and the Gambini Way." My Cousin Vinny is one of the funnier… More
Bethany Murphy
Hilarious!
Martin Sahlin
Remember the first time I saw it. Had never heard of it...and I was blown away
Alex roy
My Cousin Vinny is a fun and humourous comedy. After being arrested in a hick town and accused of murder, two teens who are unable to afford a good lawyer hire… More

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