Big Daddy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The film offers its share of big laughs, but the serious side is sunk by mawkishness and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
A kindler, gentler Adam Sandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Things roll along quite charmingly, until the action hit the courtroom and gets bogged down in a boorish, maudlin custody case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
I was perplexed by some of the decisions of the filmmakers to try to make this film into a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Adam Sandler has gone soft and it just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Just when you thought it was safe to see another Adam Sandler movie, along comes Big Daddy.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An essentially mean-spirited comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
There are tearful moments of orphan anxiety, with swelling score peaks you'd swear belong to the Julia Roberts movie playing next door.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Being a jerk par excellence should mean never having to say you're sorry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Sandler has remarkably little funny to do or say in Big Daddy!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dismal. Lame. Not funny.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
Result is uneven; the story's more serious intentions often jar with the goofy sideshow.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Gratuitously gross and/or provocative humor.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
The movie has a heart, yes, but not a very big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
The laughs are few and far between and the movie never succeeds in developing any sort of dramatic tension. I expected better from Sandler, even though I've seen far worse from him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
Unrealistic, hard to believe, poorly acted, and technically deficient.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Though there are several truly funny moments in Big Daddy, they're all included in the trailer, so if you've seen it, that's all you need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Adam Sandler is possibly the laziest star in Hollywood, with minimal comic range or energy.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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