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Chris Rock a rough, raw, rare diamond in 'Top Five'

Movie critics irritate Chris Rock. So do obsessed fans, reality TV, celebrity culture and Hollywood in general. Frankly, I'm thrilled that all these things push Rock's buttons.

That pique produces the stinging, sweet hilarity of "Top Five." It has also finally given Rock the big-screen role this stand-up great deserves. As an affable but mediocre comic named Andre Allen, Rock rules.

The fate of Andre and "Top Five" rests very specifically in the comedian's hands. As writer, director and star, he has a great deal of control, and he uses it wisely and wittily.

Rock starts by packing "Top Five" with some very funny friends, among them Kevin...