Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The film might have been funny if it weren't so poorly executed and fixated on bodily functions.
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Roger Moore
Houston Chronicle
December 27, 2002
Sets animation back 30 years, musicals back 40 years and Judaism back at least 50.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 27, 2002
Audiences have at least 80 reasons to reject Eight Crazy Nights.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 5, 2002
I'd prefer to think of Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love, the one good movie of the three he did this year.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
December 3, 2002
Squanders the cross-cultural comedy potential of a Jewish-themed Christmas movie on cheap fart gags and boilerplate schmaltz.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 2, 2002
Got a lot of holiday spirit, and a lot of laughs.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 29, 2002
Sandler is remaining true to his own traditions, although it remains to be seen whether anyone will thank him for that once they've seen the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 29, 2002
It leaves no bodily fluid unexpressed, no heartstring unplucked.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
November 29, 2002
Do not, under any circumstances, consider taking a child younger than middle school age to this wallow in crude humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2002
The animation is rudimentary and imagination virtually absent.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 29, 2002
Without question, it is not the major Hanukkah family classic just waiting to be made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 29, 2002
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
November 29, 2002
A bigger holiday downer than your end-of-year 401(k) statement.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 28, 2002
The problem with all of this: It's not really funny.
| Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 28, 2002
If a lump of coal was once the symbol of a worthless holiday gift, it's now a ticket to Eight Crazy Nights.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 27, 2002
Priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
Isn't appropriate for any innocent child.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
Was Punch-Drunk Love only a dream?
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Scott Foundas
Variety
November 27, 2002
May puzzle his most ardent fans.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 27, 2002
Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights is 75 wasted minutes of Sandler as the voice-over hero in Columbia Pictures' perverse idea of an animated holiday movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 27, 2002
All this is rendered with pedestrian animation, deadly dialogue, and a general air of indifference, as if the whole thing was the result of a late-night bet, or a joke gone horribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
November 27, 2002
You've never seen a movie go from awwwww to ewwwww so fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 27, 2002
Sets animation back 30 years, musicals back 40 years and Judaism back at least 50.
| Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 27, 2002
Animated drivel meant to enhance the self-image of drooling idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
November 27, 2002
There are a handful of genuinely comical moments in Eight Crazy Nights, but the whole thing reeks of a super-indulgent, cobbled-together vanity trip by a star whose ego obviously leads him to believe he can put anything on screen.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 27, 2002
If there was ever a movie where the upbeat ending feels like a copout, this is the one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
November 27, 2002
The cartoon is about as true to the spirit of the Festival of Lights as Mr. Deeds was to that of Frank Capra.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
November 27, 2002
Nights is festooned with yards of gross-out jokes, sniggering allusions and, astonishingly, a sentimental climax that's more repellent than any of the crude effluvia the film is drenched with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 27, 2002
On the whole, this lively, bittersweet Columbia release works well and is sure to connect strongly with fans of Sandler at his most free-wheeling and uninhibited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 27, 2002
The only time 8 Crazy Nights comes close to hitting a comedic or satirical target is during the offbeat musical numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 27, 2002
There is something poignant about being 'the only kid in town without a Christmas tree.' Too bad you have to dig through so much stinky stuff to get to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
November 27, 2002
The most ill-conceived animated comedy since the 1991 dog Rover Dangerfield.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 26, 2002
If you're burnt out on It's a Wonderful Life marathons and bored with A Christmas Carol, it might just be the movie you're looking for. It depends on how well flatulence gags fit into your holiday concept.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2002
Who is this movie for? Not kids, who don't need the lesson in repugnance. It's also not smart or barbed enough for older viewers -- not everyone thinks poo-poo jokes are 'edgy.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4