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Catch That Kid (2004)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 76

An unimaginative heist movie aimed strictly at the preteen set.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 27

An unimaginative heist movie aimed strictly at the preteen set.



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Bart Freundlich directs Catch That Kid, a Fox-financed U.S. remake of the Danish family action film KlatretÝsen (2002). Adventurous 12-year-old Maddy Phillips (Kristen Stewart) is an excellent mountain climber. Unfortunately, her father, Tom (Sam Robards), was severely injured on Mount Everest and requires a costly surgery to repair his spine. With the help of her friends (Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu) and her climbing skills, Maddy develops a plan to rob a bank in order to finance her father's


Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Derek Haas, Michael Brandt

Jun 1, 2004


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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (76) | DVD (13)

This thing is so silly and so ridiculous.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Freundlich ... directs his first big studio film on autopilot, trudging through the motions and displaying little understanding of what appeals to young 'uns.

February 7, 2004
New York Post
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Gets more and more appalling the longer it goes on.

February 7, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Offers little in the way of originality, real excitement or even genuinely transgressive behavior.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie isn't only boring; it's troubling.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Painfully bad. A real head-scratcher.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Neither the planning of the heist, nor its execution is done with the skill needed for it to be compelling.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Catch That Kid, though not produced by Disney, has all the feel of a Disney Channel TV special.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas atempted to write a servicable script, it isn't obvious.

June 4, 2004

Your 8-year-old sister will love it... but then again, it was only a few years ago that she was eating poop - clearly her judgment can't be trusted.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source:

The script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas strains credulity -to say the least! -- but if nothing else, it manages to work in all the obligatory heist movie cliches.

February 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

...[an] implausible hyperactive giddy go-cart caper...this junior-sized Mission: Impossible wannabe is nothing but an overwrought knockoff that doesn't measure up

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

It's neither as funny as it needs to be nor serious enough to elicit more than a few crinkled brows from kids and their parents alike.

February 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Hmm. A mixed bag of messages for kids.

February 14, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's doubtful that anyone involved in Catch That Kid ever considered this anything more than a paycheck.

February 14, 2004

Apart from a few serious leaps in logic, the story moves along swiftly and painlessly, and is not needlessly cute or stupid. But that's not much of a recommendation.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source: thought the Spy Kids trilogy wouldn't spawn its own line of copycats? Puh-leeze.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

Another Spy Kids rip-off that's no great catch.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

I want to hear Jack Valenti explain why this movie is acceptable for young children and the PG-13-rated Whale Rider is not.

February 12, 2004 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

If you're going to mismatch director and material so thoroughly, try getting it even more drastically wrong, like hiring Gaspar Noe or Neil LaBute.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The only thing to "catch" in this film is perhaps a cold--from sitting in the theater with the 'tweener set.

February 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

Touted as the next Spy Kids, Catch That Kid is to the Rodriguez series what monster-truck pulls are to the fine arts.

February 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The story never really adds up.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

(Audiences) quickly will grow tired of the film's childish antics.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Catch That Kid

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, Jennifer Beals, Sam Robards, John Carroll Lynch, James LeGros, Stark Sands, Kevin G. Schmidt, Meagen Fay, Audrey Wasilewski, Michael Des Barres, Christine Estabrook

Director: Bart Freundlich

Summary: Three specialists in their fields -- a rock climber, a computer genius and a mechanical wiz -- take on the nearly impossible task of robbing one of the world's most impenetrable banks in order to save an ailing father. Their plan is foolproof, their methods are ingenious ... and they're not even old enough to drive!

My Thoughts: "The movie is more of a kids film, obviously considering it is a kids film. But it's OK for us adults too. It is sweet to see a daughter go through such extremes for her father. But it's not very realistic. But not much is in kid films. The then kids, Kristen Stewart, Corbin Bleu, and Max Thieriot did a great job in the movie. But I think the kids will enjoy this much more then us adults."
June 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Alright, yes it is a very basic storyline, but to me, whatever they could do with it, they did to it. The 3 main leads are all upcoming stars, because all of their characters are extremely likable. It is pure family enjoyment, filled with thrills and some very touchy moments! Well worth watching, even if it's only once.
April 24, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

its a good family movie worth a watch
February 15, 2009
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