| Original Score: 1/5
It descends into pathos, undermined by an insipid romantic subplot and the usual platitudinous guff about self-belief.
| Original Score: 2/6
The twitchy anxiety that once powered his persona has given way to a doughy anonymity.
After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.
An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them.
For a creative premise, it's downright dispiriting to see such a banal interpretation.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's a delightfully innocent movie that the actor can actually show to his two baby daughters without blushing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Richard Griffiths best gets the antic spirit of this enterprise, relishing his multiple roles as Sandler's phobic boss and several fantasy characters.
I didn't like one part of this movie.
It's a sweet kids movie and I commend Sandler for trying something different in his career.
Lazy, simplistic and self-serving are the best ways to describe the bedtime stories Skeeter Bronson (Sandler) tells his niece and nephew, and the words just as aptly apply to the film that showcases them.
| Original Score: 1/6
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.
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.
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
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
Sloppy, choppy, and saved by an affably low-key and typically sophomoric Sandler performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Those other Adam Sandler comedies? Turns out they were the grown-up efforts.
| Original Score: 1/4
Bedtime Stories champions imagination while having too little originality itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
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?
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.
| Original Score: D
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.'
Bedtime Stories is baloney on Wonder Bread with a Kraft Single and some Miracle Whip -- barely lunchable.
The novelization of the screenplay probably would make a pretty decent bedtime story.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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.
Harmless, sure -- but also needless.
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.
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.'
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.