Most of the jokes can be spotted a mile away.
| Original Score: 2/5
Another so-called 'family film' that will only have appeal to a certain segment of the household unit.
| Original Score: 2/4
The first thing to remember is that this is a fantasy. The second is that this is made for the pre-teen market and this type of thing is just their cup of tea.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Collapses after 30 minutes into a slap-happy series of adolescent violence.
This is one of the rarest kinds of films: a family-oriented non-Disney film that is actually funny without hitting below the belt.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Written, directed and acted in a style that recalls the worst live-action, Saturday-morning TV comedies of the 1970s.
| Original Score: 1/4
A good, solid family film. Youngsters should find it hilarious and adults should be suitably amused.
| Original Score: 3/5
[A]n utterly charming and hilarious film that reminded me of the best of the Disney comedies from the 60s.
Home Alone goes Hollywood, a funny premise until the kids start pulling off stunts not even Steven Spielberg would know how to do. Besides, real movie producers aren't this nice.
| Original Score: C+
A movie smallfry ages 6 to 10 think is terrific, and at the same time a movie that won't cause the accompanying parents to become homicidal.
| Original Score: 4/5
No earth-shattering accomplishment, but an unusually smart movie that the whole family can go to without a single person getting bored or talked down to.
An infinitely wittier version of the Home Alone formula.
| Original Score: 74/100
Strives for mediocrity and unfortunately succeeds in reaching that less-than-lofty goal.
A pretty decent kid-pleasing, tolerable-to-adults lark of a movie.
| Original Score: B
Manages to be sweet and wickedly satisfying at the same time.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
So much better than this sort of thing usually is that it counts as a big fat surprise.
Unless you're part of the Nickelodeon Nation, the cold, hard truth is you're better off dropping your 'tween at the multiplex and spending that hour and a half doing something more worthwhile.
Not remotely realistic, but nevertheless moderately satisfying.
A children's movie that's almost worth seeing even when not accompanied by a child.
| Original Score: 3/4
Never pushes its pranks far enough to reach laugh-out-loud success and never gives its actors enough comedic support.