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It Takes Two (1995)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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Identical twin 9-year-old girls, one a poor orphan, the other a rich heiress, cause confusion when they decide to meddle in their caretakers' love lives in this family-oriented comedy. Amanda (Mary Kate Olsen) is the orphan, a scrappy young girl with no family, relying on the support of her caring social worker, Diane (Kirstie Alley). When Diane brings Amanda to a summer camp, she first encounters Alyssa (Ashley Olsen), the wealthy daughter of the camp's sponsor, Roger Callaway (Steve


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jun 11, 2002

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (22) | DVD (4)

The film's underlying sentiment is conveyed effectively, if obviously.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Alas, the Olsen girls are not immediately heart-warming.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Under the direction of Andy Tennant, the Olsen sisters lay on the icky-poo cuteness with several trowels, often delivering their lines as though they were reciting the alphabet.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A harmless caper that ought to thrill girls under 12, and offer modest diversion to their parents.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Writer Deborah Dean Davis and director Andy Tennant are fully aware of the absolute predictability of their material and therefore make the getting to an inevitable ending as much fun as possible.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A rote variation on Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper that is marginally salvaged by those spunky Olsen twins from ABC's Full House.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Adorable munchkins or cloying brats? You be the judge.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

To quote one of the characters, 'We mustn't! We mustn't!'

December 18, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

A reasonably good take on a great classic.

December 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

I'd rather stick a needle in my eye than sit through this again

September 17, 2002

A paper-thin, predictable family comedy.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's not a bad little time-waster for the kiddies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There is little original in the film. Most scenes you have seen countless times before. They even have an old fashion food fight. I thought everyone had gotten tired of seeing them by now.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Kids will certainly lap it up but adults will guess the plot after five minutes and be left drumming their fingers for the remaining hour-and-a-half.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Alley, who is one of the best comic actresses around, does her best to liven things up, but this movie belongs to the kids. In general, she's fighting a losing battle.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for It Takes Two

Horrible family film that has nothing good going for it. With a very poor cast of actors, this is one of those films that you watched as a kid, and liked, but years later realized how bad it really was. The lead actresses are horrible, and Mary Kate and Ashley Olson could never act well in the first place. The story is poorly thought out, and the film is packed with predictable clichés and no once of originality to really make this film a lot of fun for the viewer. Director Andy Tennant can't craft a solid and memorable family comedy and the result is a film that falls flat due to a poor cast and story. Add to that, poor directing, and overall an uninteresting idea for a film, and you have a film that is sure to fail. This is an awful film that doesn't work and it is a misfire that is definitely not worth watching. This just suffers from overused ideas that we've seen so many times before, and the Olson twins are simply horrible. They had one hit with the TV show Full house, but afterwards they never should have moved into feature films. This is the result right here, a poorly made film that doesn't belong on the shelf of so many other classic childhood favorites. This film simply doesn't work as effective and memorable family entertainment. Also it's one of those films that haven't stood the test of time as so many other family films have. This is not a film worth seeing, and it is awful in terms of a family film. The films biggest flaw is that it tries to be something it's not, and ends being a pretty boring film and a waste of time in the end.
July 5, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Childhood favourite and a classic!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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The Olsen twins first big movie is actually watchable. It's predictable, and somewhat like The Parent Trap, but kids will like it.
June 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

This was before I had good taste in film...
January 7, 2010
Jennifer D

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