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The Tooth Fairy (2010)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 93

Dwayne Johnson brings the full force of his charm (and his appropriately pale chompers) to the title role, but flat direction and a committee-written script render The Tooth Fairy unacceptably dull.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 24

Dwayne Johnson brings the full force of his charm (and his appropriately pale chompers) to the title role, but flat direction and a committee-written script render The Tooth Fairy unacceptably dull.



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20th Century Fox presents this family comedy following a star hockey player's (Dwayne Johnson) temporary transformation into a full-fledged tooth fairy as penalty for discouraging a young fan. Director Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2 and 3) helms the family comedy, based on a screenplay by veteran comedic writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, with additional writing provided by Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia. Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews co-star in the Blumhouse and Mayhem Pictures

May 4, 2010


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (93) | DVD (2)

The one element that lifts this above utter tedium is the presence of Stephen Merchant as tooth-fairy administrator Tracy. That he manages to come away with his dignity intact is testament to his skill as a comedian.

May 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Is there anything else to say except skip it?

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (4)
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CGI fairy dust, dippy tooth puns and a semi-amusing Billy Crystal cameo can't disguise the fact that this sugary distraction is as hollow as a cavity.

January 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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Tooth Fairy makes the mistake of having too many anxious hockey players remain on the ice after their shift has ended.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Like most family films nowadays, the movie squanders a lot of energy righteously huffing and puffing its message: let kids dream.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As dental experiences go, Tooth Fairy doesn't hurt as much as you might think.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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This is an obvious labor of love for the filmmakers and their collective eye for capturing the beauty, grace and, often, humor of their many dances (with Dom and Fiona) with geometric precision....

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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For what it is, Tooth Fairy is probably a success; it's not particularly smart or original but it doesn't care to be. That doesn't offer much hope to anyone else.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

To call Tooth Fairy a bad film is like calling star Dwayne Johnson a big guy. Both statements are accurate, but neither actually conveys the degree to which they are true.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

It has a terrible screenplay and you get the feeling that Johnson could be a much better light comedian than this, given a better chance.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This comedy is essentially a goofy premise with some nutty dialog and set pieces pasted onto it. But it's watchably entertaining, even though the filmmakers miss almost every opportunity for sublime absurdity.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Feels like a relic from the Seventies, but it does have funny moments.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

While Johnson's as fun as ever to watch, he struggles with a weak storyline, lame gags and enough syrup to melt your fillings.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Although the film gets over the preposterousness of its own premise early enough, the tooth/truth puns are exhausted to a fault, assumedly aimed at giving adults something to titter at.

May 28, 2010
Little White Lies

Family-friendly schmaltz-by-numbers.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It has the plastic, disinfected aroma of something straight off the assembly line.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Formulaic family entertainment starring a wrestler-turned-actor as a hockey-player-turned-tooth fairy. Visual gags and wackiness ensue.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

It's Johnson's committed central performance -- in a movie with a lot of shortcomings -- that only underlines the fact that he's got an awful lot of charisma and screen presence and hasn't yet had a truly great vehicle to channel that talent into.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Truth is, Tooth Fairy is a very decent family film -- cute but never sickly, funny but never smug -- that's an ideal half-term afternoon-killer.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Johnson is an eminently likeable lead and the impressive supporting cast, including Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal, makes up for Johnson's lack of acting finesse.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The plot is as predictable as they come but it's the gentle playing that elevates this from formulaic kids' fare to a genuinely enjoyable family yarn.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

There isn't a kid alive who could possibly buy into the soulless treacle that serves as sentiment here. Forgettable mush.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Cinemagoers who are feeling a bit long in the tooth will want to excuse themselves from this rehashed 'fish-out-of-water' movie.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Stylish and distinctive, The Time That Remains is worth seeing for its surreal humour but it's difficult to engage with on an emotional level.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comments (3)

Johnson has enough charm to ensure that Tooth Fairy is never less than watchable but it doesn't quite push the emotional buttons the way you want it too and it should have been a lot funnier.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Tooth Fairy

Im starting to think that if Dwayne Johnson wants to be taken seriously as a hollywood actor that he should probably stay away from these kid movies.
Yes this is a cute and amsusing movie as was The Game Plan but they truly are children movies.
Good cast,slightly amusing but its not that great!
November 15, 2011
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I thought THE GAME PLAN was absolutely, with no doubt the worst Dwayne Johnson movie targeted at little ones. I almost fainted when I saw this because of how wrong I was. You know how they always say, "This is the movie you definitely don't want to miss"? Well, here's something for you: This is the movie you definitely don't want to see. It's the lamest, stupidest family "comedy" (?), and it won't even get so much as a simple "ha" out of you.
September 2, 2011

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'Feeling good' kind of movie with some heart-breaking scenes that encourage us to not stop dreaming and believing. They are good! Dwayne Johnson is marvelous in this funny movie. A movie that should be watch by anyone who stop believing in dreams.
May 5, 2011

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