Envy (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 30, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that's essentially one extended poop joke.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... one of the worst comedies I've ever seen.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

Although the plot is thin, there are elements that are funny.

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Anthony Breznican
Associated Press

Envy crawls to its finish through a minefield of poor taste and comedic misfires.

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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post

For an alleged comedy with such star power, Envy reeks enough to wish there was a vaporizer that would make it magically disappear.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

It's a long, long time between chuckles.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Ultimately more amusing than hilarious, and sometimes less than that.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

One of those cinematic curiosities that almost always fade quickly.

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Nick Rogers

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."

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Stop beatin' that dead horse, Ben Stiller.
Film Crazy
I didnt really enjoy this movie although its quite amusing the idea of vanishing poo is silly and i like funny movies but this is just ridiculas!! the… More
Candy Rose
Black comedy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Best friends and neighbours become estranged as one comes up with a new invention to dissolve pooh and gets rich,… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Success didn't go to his head, it went to his neighbor."</i> Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather… More
Conner Rainwater
It's not a particularly memorable comedy, but it's fun and original. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Jack Black are the selling point of the… More
Curtis Lilly
Love Walkens part in it. If you watch it, you'll not likely see it again, but you'll quote from it by saying 'pocket flan' and remeniss… More