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Bedtime Stories Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 5, 2009
It descends into pathos, undermined by an insipid romantic subplot and the usual platitudinous guff about self-belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
December 29, 2008
The twitchy anxiety that once powered his persona has given way to a doughy anonymity.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 29, 2008
After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
December 29, 2008
An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 29, 2008
For a creative premise, it's downright dispiriting to see such a banal interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 29, 2008
It's a delightfully innocent movie that the actor can actually show to his two baby daughters without blushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 29, 2008
Richard Griffiths best gets the antic spirit of this enterprise, relishing his multiple roles as Sandler's phobic boss and several fantasy characters.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
I didn't like one part of this movie.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
It's a sweet kids movie and I commend Sandler for trying something different in his career.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 29, 2008
Sandler's laziness, sloppiness, and cynical pandering are all over Bedtime Stories, and it turns what's intended to be a graceful intersection of fairytale whimsy and real-world slapstick into an ugly, head-on collision.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2008
If you listen carefully to the strains of 'When You Wish Upon a Star' during the Disney corporate intro, you may hear Walt moaning in his grave.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2008
For prepubescent kids, Bedtime Stories will be a perfectly enjoyable work -- a PG-rated introduction to a heralded comic actor trying to inspire a new generation of Adam Sandler fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 25, 2008
All director Adam Shankman can think of to do is encourage Adam Sandler to mug like a chimpanzee
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 25, 2008
In Bedtime Stories the pain of this artistic limbo is written all over Adam Sandler's character, a resentful hotel handyman named Skeeter.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 25, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 24, 2008
When it comes to holiday tales, it would be best to reread The Night Before Christmas rather than waste time or money on Bedtime Stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
December 24, 2008
Judged as a piece of family entertainment, it's too haphazard and poorly paced to satisfy viewers too young to have ever attended a kegger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 24, 2008
Sloppy, choppy, and saved by an affably low-key and typically sophomoric Sandler performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2008
Those other Adam Sandler comedies? Turns out they were the grown-up efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 24, 2008
Bedtime Stories champions imagination while having too little originality itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2008
The new Disney movie Bedtime Stories presents a taste test for moviegoers: Do you prefer your Adam Sandler regular strength or in the new mild format?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 24, 2008
It's a dispirited, galumphing mess in which Sandler, as a hotel handyman who spins out tall tales for his niece and nephew, pictures himself in assorted historical-kitsch guises.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2008
Bedtime Stories is not my cup of tea. Even the saucer. Fairness requires me to report, however, that it may appeal to, as they say, 'kids of all ages.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 24, 2008
Bedtime Stories is baloney on Wonder Bread with a Kraft Single and some Miracle Whip -- barely lunchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Arizona Republic
December 24, 2008
The novelization of the screenplay probably would make a pretty decent bedtime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2008
Bedtime Stories is clean enough to fly the Walt Disney Pictures flag, yet it's full of bimbos and cleavage and shots of Adam Sandler getting kicked in the shins by a dwarf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 23, 2008
Box-office commodity Adam Sandler is repositioned as kid-friendly in Bedtime Stories, a Disney movie that plays better on a balance sheet than a screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 22, 2008
Harmless, sure -- but also needless.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2008
In a modern-day fairy tale about hopes, aspirations and family, Sandler displays a winning form under the light and mischievous direction of Bringing Down the House's Adam Shankman.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2008
The shortage of wit and the excess of goo can be summed up in Sandler's line to these children of divorce: 'I'm like the stink on your feet -- I'll always be there.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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December 22, 2008
Sandler has delivered on his promise to make a movie his kids can enjoy. What's more, he's managed to do so without alienating his core audience.