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Bedtime Stories (2008)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 81

Though it may earns some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 26

Though it may earns some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work.



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The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.

Apr 5, 2009


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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (81) | DVD (15)

It descends into pathos, undermined by an insipid romantic subplot and the usual platitudinous guff about self-belief.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The twitchy anxiety that once powered his persona has given way to a doughy anonymity.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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For a creative premise, it's downright dispiriting to see such a banal interpretation.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's a delightfully innocent movie that the actor can actually show to his two baby daughters without blushing.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's nothing fresh in Sandler's role that you haven't seen in almost every movie he's ever done -- the same mumbly, underachiever-schlub notes he's been hitting for years, only taken down a notch for his first PG-rated comedy.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

A family-friendly Adam Sandler movie that, even with its strained plot developments, is tame without being lame.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

If you are forced to attend, then at least Bedtime Stories is tolerable, and occasionally fun -- when it forgets to be dumb.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

...ultimately comes off as the most entertaining Adam Sandler comedy to hit theaters since 2004's 50 First Dates...

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Enjoyable, silly and a wee bit whimsical. It's also treacherously predictable at times, the two leads lack chemistry and it has the token horrible Rob Schneider cameo.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The real charm of Bedtime Stories is how it works as a family film.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Given that Sandler's main appeal has always been to the 12-year-old in all of us, it probably makes sense for him to aim his movies directly at that age group.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A big step backward for director Adam Shankman ('Hairspray').

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Bedtime Stories lacks the required thrills, imagination, comedy and drama required to be a truly entertaining family film.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Guy Pearce abraça o embaraço com toda a vontade, mas nem isso salva esta porcaria constrangedoramente mal escrita, atuada e dirigida do fracasso. Um filme de Adam Sandler para crianças: alguém alerte a UNICEF.

January 27, 2009
Cinema em Cena

A potentially interesting movie that comes crashing down as hard as that proverbial beanstalk.

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

I've seen better special effects in Troma releases...

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Far from another Jumanji, any magic director Shankman tries to inject is squashed by Sandler's distressingly annoying turn, while Russell Brand and Keri Russell look uncomfortably crowbarred in.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Appalling, hypocritical and dull. Imagine not watching this movie, then make that wish come true.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)

It's a pleasing concept, and Sandler is at his least obnoxious, but surely Adam Shankman's family comedy could have been wittier.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

There's a surface liveliness to the movie, but it has that plasticky Disney quality and lack of real heart.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

With the right material - think the day-glo campery of Hairspray - director Adam Shankman is capable of good things. Here you get the distinct impression there's not enough room to accommodate Sandler's ego.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An enormous amount of money has been thrown at the fantasy sequences, but it can't save a script that is woefully deficient in wit. And who better to drag the name of Disney through the mire than Sandler?

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

This sweet-natured family comedy makes for great entertainment, balancing adventure thrills with a hefty dose of laughter.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Bedtime Stories

Very sweet and funny movie. Adam has to babysit his niece and nephew. He reads them bedtime stories which come true, so he tries to get them to tell stories that will help him in real life, such as getting a friend and the job at the hotel that he was promised. Full of fun - castles, cowboys, gladiators, aliens and mermaids. Good cast.
October 6, 2013
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Well I was expecting or hoping for a witty, sarcastic Sandler film but alas as it turns out this IS actually for kids. Its very tame, very silly and childish...its for kids haha

Nothing wrong with the film atall, a nice gentle story with fantasy elements and nice visual effects, kids will enjoy it im sure. Apart from some very nice looking girls there isnt too much for the adults.
Russell Brand makes his film debut (I'm guessing) here, I was horrified to see him but there you go, he wasn't too bad actually, shows he can be a normal person instead of a prat. Take the family.
February 9, 2012

Super Reviewer

The movie's premise is more interesting than the movie itself. It's a bit too kid friendly to be classed as a family movie and essentialy its another unfunny Adam Sandler flick.
January 29, 2012
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