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Bedtime Stories (2008)


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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 215,453


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.

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


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Critic Reviews for Bedtime Stories

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.

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

The twitchy anxiety that once powered his persona has given way to a doughy anonymity.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

For a creative premise, it's downright dispiriting to see such a banal interpretation.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Top Critic

It's a delightfully innocent movie that the actor can actually show to his two baby daughters without blushing.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 6, 2009
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review… | April 6, 2009
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | January 31, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2009

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Times [UK]

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2009

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
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?

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Daily Mail [UK]

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Bedtime Stories Quotes

It started raining gumballs.
– Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)

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