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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 87

Critics Consensus: A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 567,528


Movie Info

The jumbo-sized Baker family are back in this sequel to the 2003 box-office hit Cheaper by the Dozen. College football coach Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and his wife, author Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt), have decided its time they took their sizable brood of 12 children on a summer vacation, and so they pack up the cars and take the kids to Lake Winnetka for some camping. Not all the kids are happy about this, but the one who is really annoyed turns out to be Tom, who discovers his old rival Jimmy … More

PG (for some crude humor and mild language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Sam Harper
In Theaters:
May 23, 2006
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen 2

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (87) | DVD (16)

There's a discernible lack of enthusiasm from almost everyone involved, and Duff, who's gone from wholesome to haggard in two short years, is flat-out scary.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is definitely a family trip to stay home and skip.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's something pernicious about a toxic mix of sitcom and snickering sex jokes getting packaged and effectively sold as wholesome fun for the family.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A family fantasy that plays at being happy and picture-perfect but primarily comes off as fake and dismayingly unfunny.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

I wonder how many meetings they had before they came up with that title. And didn't we just see this movie a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't it called Yours, Mine and Ours?

Full Review… | December 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It aims to be pleasant and good-natured, which it is. There are enough laughs scattered throughout to keep everything moderately amusing, and the cast is likeable.

Full Review… | December 22, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is so incredibly bland and by the numbers it's painful to watch ... it's just a collection of unfunny moments that are both uninteresting and annoying.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

I was convinced I was going to hate this film. But, it didn't bug me as much as I thought it would.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009

I think it should be considered child abuse to inflict this tripe upon children.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A sequel every bit as bland, forced and flat as the generic 2003 comedy which spawned it.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Its heart is in the right place, but a reliance on gimmicks and sentiment undermines the story. In the end, both the laughs and the tears here come just a little too cheap.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

All I wanted to do was rent Ron Howard's Parenthood again just to remind myself that Steve Martin once made a film about families that was both honest and funny.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Martin and Levy mug for their close-ups and then retire to their trailers while the stunt doubles do the really hard work.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

'Cheaper by the Dozen 2' is one of the reasons that movie viewership dropped off in 2005.

Full Review… | April 2, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

A couple of good chuckles can't redeem this sappy mess.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

A miserable experience filled with crude slapstick, cruder sentiment and retrograde jokes.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006

...[takes] a dated, sitcom approach that reveals just how little the filmmakers think of their audience.

Full Review… | January 13, 2006
Film Journal International

The treacle spreads like molten lava and everyone ends up flat on their molasses.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Observer [UK]

if you go to this movie and find any decent laugh in there whatsoever, you should know right now that I have nothing but utter contempt for you.

Full Review… | January 4, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

[A] cinematic Bataan death march of pratfalls, kicks to the crotch, leg-humping dogs, pseudo-adorable rugrats who are a collective menace to society, and stomach-turning schmaltz...

Full Review… | January 3, 2006
Flick Filosopher

This sequel is just a string of lame slapstick gags, where Steve Martin acts handicapped, makes a fool of himself and gets a wetsuit stuck up his butt.

Full Review… | January 2, 2006

Cheaper by the gross.

Full Review… | January 1, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen 2


I think the first one was better. This one looked just lame. And what happened to the first son's girlfriend? They looked so lovey dovey in the first movie. And what happened to Hilary? I mean she looked so old over here.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

As good as the first film! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Saw it again!!! Good family movie to have a few laughs and enjoy.

The Baker Family begins to undergo many changes,beginning with Lorraine(Hillary Duff), and her desire to go study in New York. Their oldest daughter,Nora(Piper Perabo),is now married To Bud McNulty,and pregnant. But the couple intend to move to Houston Texas,Because of Bud's new job promotion. Feeling that the family is breaking apart,as the children grow up and move away. Tom persuades the entire family to take one last family vacation all together At Lake Winnetka. Tom's old rival Jimmy Murtaugh(Eugene Levy), and his large family are also there for the summer. Jimmy constantly flaunts his wealth and success to Tom, as well of the accomplishemnts of his children,constantly suggesting to Tom that the Baker children are less successful,because of Tom's parenting style. During the movie, Sarah Baker and Elliot Murtaugh,go on a date,where they are spied on by their fathers. In the end of the movie, the Bakers and the Murtaughs,become friends, when during a canoe race, Nora goes into labor, and the 2 families,work together to get Nora to the hospital. Nora gives birth to a baby boy,whom they name Tom.In the end,back at the lake Nora and Bud say good-bye to Nora's family,and Nora,Bud and the baby head off To Houston,Texas.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Very different from the first film. The story is more complex and the humor is more cruder. Steve Martin again delivers a funny performance and so does Eugene Levy. Bonnie Hunt as Mrs. Baker is again funny and Carmen Electra needed some help but she was okay. There are like twenty kids in the flick and maybe only half of them were good actors. The ones that did well were Hilary Duff, Alison Stoner, and Taylor Lautner. Yes, Taylor "Sexy Abs" Lautner is in this.

Though not as good as the first, it still delivers zany fun for the whole family! Cheaper by the Dozen 3 is in development right now. I hope its better.

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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