Bedtime Stories (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bedtime Stories (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor and mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2009
Box Office: $110.0M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Adam Sandler
as Skeeter
Richard Griffiths
as Barry Nottingham
Guy Pearce
as Kendall
Jonathan Pryce
as Marty Bronson
Teresa Palmer
as Violet Nottingham
Aisha Tyler
as Donna Hynde
Nick Swardson
as Engineer
Kathryn Joosten
as Mrs. Dixon
Allen Covert
as Ferrari Guy
Tim Herlihy
as Young Barry Nottingh...
Thomas Hoffman
as Young Skeeter
Melany Mitchell
as Young Mrs. Dixon
Andrew Collins
as Young Mr. Dixon
Paul Dooley
as Hot Dog Vendor
Mikey Post
as Angry Dwarf
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Critic Reviews for Bedtime Stories

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

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

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2009
SFX Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for Bedtime Stories


I have not liked many of Adam Sandlres latest movies but this one well, i did. I laughed, thought it was funny cute, not bad at all. Was expecting a really bad movie but instead got a nice little family film that me and my daughter enjoyed.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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