House Party

critic Reviews

, 29% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Keeping the same basic outline but almost entirely forgetting the original's sense of fun, this unnecessary remake proves a House Party divided against itself cannot stand.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    Bringing the ‘90s back is hard work. So hard this new House Party reboot only gets half the job done. But when it’s on, it’s on.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Filled with celebs and unfunny gags, the bash at LeBron James’ mansion ends up feeling more exhausting than exciting.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Director Calmatic establishes the stakes but never grounds anything enough to make you believe those stakes, and the characters ring as hollow as the blink-and-you-missed-them celebrity cameos.
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    Brandon YuNew York Times
    Like any rager gone south, the buzz is fun early on, until it’s suddenly too much, the house is overrun, and the room starts spinning.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    While this remix of House Party may leave some nostalgic for the original, it smartly doesn't try to copy the first film. However, it does stay true to the first version's celebration of friendship.
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    Andrew LawrenceGuardian
    James’s heart and hangups might be in the right place. But unless you’ve got nothing else going this weekend, his House Party is one to skip.
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    Carla RenataThe Curvy Film Critic
    Even though there are a few giggle worthy moments, this updated 2023 version doesn't hold a candle to the original.
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    Brian RichardsPajiba
    This version wasn’t as funny or as good as it could’ve and should’ve been, and it doesn’t even have the same level of heart as the original, which touched upon social issues while still making the audience laugh.
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    Rob RectorFilm Threat
    The filmmakers seem to value fame over fun, recognition over reliability.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Monique JonesCommon Sense Media
    The new House Party does try its best to capture the fun and the timeliness of the first movie, and in that regard, the film largely succeeds.
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