‘Top Five’ is Chris Rock’s best big-screen effort to date (B+)

December 11, 2014 7:52 PM

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‘Top Five’ is Chris Rock’s best big-screen effort to date (B+)

Like many other top-flight stand-up comedians, Chris Rock has been served poorly by the big screen, mostly in toothless vehicles ill-suited to his precise talents.

Top Five flips that script. It’s not a great movie; the screenplay, which Rock wrote and directed, is a little too baggy to sustain narrative momentum. But the movie marks the first time Rock’s stand-up persona — cutting, vulnerable, afraid of no sacred cows — has survived intact on the way to the m...

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