Head of State
Head of State (2003)

Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. neighborhood Alderman, is about to be redlined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party frontrunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the limelight as his party's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Head of State squanders its potentially ripe premise with watered-down satire and formulaic gags.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A missed opportunity.

James Berardinelli

As a TV sitcom pilot, Head of State might have potential, but, on a multiplex screen, the execution (if not the premise) is thin.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Rock is a man who continues to perpetuate stereotypes for the price of "comedy" and continues making one terrible film after the other.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

It's pretty much a toothless dog.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Chris Rock runs for president.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... 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.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

'...Along comes Chris Rock with "Head of State", a mild comedy...'

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Lenny Muggsy
Foreshadowing. Most Chris Rock-lead movies are terrible, this one is his best.
Deb S
This is a very funny satire of our political system and of black culture with the general premise being a black man is chosen to run for president by a white… More
Emily Armstrong
I'm so glad the studios ended up trusting Chris Rock to direct a movie. Man, he should run for President. Although he crosses the surrealism line a little… More
Joseph Eastmond
Hey, what can I say, from beggining to end, I enjoyed this movie.
James Alvarez
I know what your thinking, Chris Rock in a bad movie?
Andrew Fillmore
I saw it a long time ago. I didn't like it very much.