Catch That Kid Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 13, 2004
This thing is so silly and so ridiculous.
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Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2004
| Original Score: C-
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Dallas Morning News
February 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 7, 2004
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 7, 2004
Freundlich ... directs his first big studio film on autopilot, trudging through the motions and displaying little understanding of what appeals to young 'uns.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 7, 2004
Gets more and more appalling the longer it goes on.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
Offers little in the way of originality, real excitement or even genuinely transgressive behavior.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
The movie isn't only boring; it's troubling.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 6, 2004
A tedious exercise that 6- to 10-year-olds may find mildly diverting.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 6, 2004
The young actors are irredeemably bland, and two of the adults are hammy enough to make James Brown seem controlled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
February 6, 2004
Everything about Catch That Kid is contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
February 6, 2004
Despite its high concept, director Bart Freundlich keeps the film grounded in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2004
Granted this is a kids' movie and disbelief must be suspended, but director Bart Freundlich never seems to find the tone he wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 6, 2004
Catch That Kid is kids' stuff, in more way than one.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2004
It's Bruckheimer for babies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 6, 2004
The children are engaging yet the script and direction are not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 6, 2004
Do not catch Catch That Kid, unless your own kids threaten you with direct bodily harm. Even then you might want to skip it. They're little, the punches shouldn't hurt that much.
| Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 6, 2004
A misguided attempt at creating an adult-style heist movie with a pint-sized cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 6, 2004
A miniaturized action pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2004
Well-made, straightforward and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 6, 2004
A slick little package that will seem patently ridiculous to anyone past adolescence even as their younger brothers and sisters eat it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
February 5, 2004
Mr. Freundlich's naturalistic sensibility gets in the way of the film's broad fantasy elements, turning what might have been a stylized romp like Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids into something a little too real for comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2004
Remake of Danish family film is mainly fun for the young.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 5, 2004
The movie is painless enough, even if it's never as exciting as it should be.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 5, 2004
Has enough character and high-tech hardware to make it watchable, if not much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 5, 2004
From first frame to last, Catch That Kid feels like the rehash it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2004
A parade of missed opportunities.
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2004
It's a juicy premise, but the enactment is so dumbed-down that you couldn't possibly fault your jaded children for yawning and rolling their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 5, 2004
Parents can catch a nap while the kids catch a dubious lesson that crime can be cool.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2004
Seeks to 'empower' its target audience of recent Pokémon grads with an adult antihero desperation that feels preemptive and inappropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
February 3, 2004
A stale, overbudgeted child-empowerment fantasy that's every bit as excruciating as the director's previous work.