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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

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23

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 87

In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity.

31

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 722,603

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Movie Info

In modern America, where the average family has 1.87 children, Tom Baker and wife Kate have decided that life is better--if not cheaper--by the dozen. The Bakers live in a small Illinois town where Tom coaches the local college football team. The family's day-to-day life is marked by equal parts love and chaos... pet-frog-landing-in-the-breakfast eggs type of chaos. When Tom is offered his dream job--coaching a squad at a large university--he and Kate uproot the family, much to the displeasure

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

Sam Harper, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow

Apr 6, 2004

$138.5M

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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (87) | DVD (31)

It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a movie that knows its audience and realizes it doesn't need much of a story to hit that audience, literally, where it lives.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choices.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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We are not only asked to find the barbarian Baker brood a model of familial loyalty and unconditional devotion, we're also asked to regard with contempt everyone else who does not share the Bakers' unbridled consumerist anarchy.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Less a movie than a testament to marketing.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Remake bears no resemblance to the 1950 original.

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

Good comedy is derived from the characters, but this film doesn't establish its characters well enough to be effective on that level.

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

It's not that Cheaper by the Dozen is awful. Worse than that, it's just plain dull.

June 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Life in the Baker house is as chaotic as life in the original 1950 Cheaper Gilbreth house was well-ordered and organized. I think I like the in-name-only remake better.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Good-natured and nicely suited for family viewing, but too many of the gags and plot points are old and unfunny.

April 9, 2004

Sweet, syrupy and corny. But it made us laugh. DVD disc doesn't add much to what's on-screen.

April 8, 2004 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...the film is about children who are so selfish they ensure their parents are as unhappy as the audience.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Hunt's shunted aside in favor of the camera-hogging Martin, who grandfathers in his exasperated Parenthood act.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Ocasionalmente engrašado; ininterruptamente xarope.

February 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A rarely funny comedy that's unlikely to keep even the most undemanding ankle biters amused.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

A combination of clever writing, top-notch comedic leads, winning performances from the youngest Bakers, and a genuine affection for old-fashioned (read: big and loud) families elevates Cheaper above the dreaded kid-movie dreck.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

OK, so I haven't read the original book or seen the previous movie. But I'd bet the family dog never rooted its snout furiously in a kid-hating boyfriend's crotch.

January 2, 2004 Full Review

For a brief moment, I wished I was watching From Justin to Kelly again.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This isn't a film made for reviewers, it's made for kids, and for them it's mildly successful.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

it's a good movie if you're kid thinks he's a bit of a misfit - or if there's any discussion about adding another mouth to feed.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Cheaper by the Dozen is yet another fast-food film, going through the motions of a plot with milk-and-cupcake dialogue that leaves you dry and crusty.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Most advertisements possess more creative spunk in their few brief seconds than in all of Cheaper by the Dozen's 98 minutes put together.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Openly unpleasant to sit through.

December 30, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Not a brilliant comedy, but sturdy and reliable, with plenty of laughs.

December 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

An overstuffed, undernourished Brady Bunch episode, only not as funny.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

It looks so fun to have a huge family! It was predictable but not bad. Hilary looked good as usual.
September 14, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Feel good film. A definite comedy classic that will have you laughing your pants off.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Yes okay a simplistic and enjoyable movie that is vaguely amusing.
No idea why anyone on earth would want that amount of children but okay.
June 5, 2011
FiLmCrAzY
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    1. Charlie Baker: I'm Superman bitch.
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