Daddy Day Camp Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Even the film stock's colour tint looks cheap and nasty. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 14, 2007
Just horrible.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 10, 2007
A generic time-waster powered by a lazy, cynical combination of scatological kiddie humor and maudlin sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2007
The juvenile actors come off as movie brats, and the pacing is slowed by treacly speeches about father-son bonding. As a child star on The Wonder Years, director Fred Savage worked with some of TV's best, but you'd never guess it from this.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 2007
Because he's an Oscar winner with a rep now for headlining turkeys, watching Cuba Gooding Jr. in trash like Daddy Day Camp almost hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
August 9, 2007
There's no point being highbrow about a film that relies on the typical fart-puke-nuts-kaboom brand of family comedy, but [director] Savage's lethargic, impersonal approach can't even make Camp's gross-out moments appropriately revolting.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 9, 2007
One of the most inept movies a Hollywood studio has ever unleashed.
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Joshua Land
Time Out
August 9, 2007
Much time is spent waiting for a methane-filled toilet to explode, an incident that only begins to approximate the visceral experience of watching this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2007
The acting is atrocious and more obvious than you see in many high school or college productions. The jokes are stale. The storyline is so predictable, I'll bet nearly everyone in the theater will guess what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 8, 2007
Daddy Day Camp is a recruiting poster for kids, insisting that there's no domestic problem that military values can't solve.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 8, 2007
About as much fun as being given a wedgie and hung from the camp flagpole.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 8, 2007
Poison ivy jokes. Poop jokes. Runaway bus jokes. Young love jokes. Skunk jokes. Some fake fatherly tender moments. Vomit jokes. This film has them all.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 8, 2007
Owes more to the third or fourth sequel to Meatballs and other character-building summer-camp comedies than it does to Daddy Day Care, with neither director Fred Savage or the writers inclined to come up with a single original idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2007
Some would argue that kids aren't as jaded as adults, and will enjoy an agonizingly unfunny experience like Daddy Day Camp just fine. Using the same rationale, you could feed them Alpo.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 8, 2007
Daddy Day Camp, the unexpected sequel to 2003's barely watchable comedy Daddy Day Care, is superior to its inspiration in one very significant way. It's three minutes shorter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 8, 2007
Daddy Day Camp, a comedy for no ages, has an amazing amount of CGI -- Cuba Gooding Incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 8, 2007
As one might anticipate with a comedy about children and the outdoors, a lot of screen time is devoted to bodily noises and throwing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kip Mooney
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2007
The worst kind of sequel. No original stars or director, just a cobbled-together script by one of the writers of Daddy Day Care. There should have been a big red flag when Eddie Murphy declined to appear.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 8, 2007
What's worse than a listless sequel to a terrible movie? How about a listless sequel with a far less interesting cast than the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 8, 2007
Not quite as funny as a perforated ulcer.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2007
The antics of cute or precocious children can't save this mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Will Crain
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2007
It's a bit sad to see this talented, Oscar-winning actor reduced to taking Murphy's cast-off parts, but Gooding does fine with what the movie gives him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2007
If the movie is relentless low-brow swill, its splattery good cheer makes it hard to hate. Just go in expecting the expected, and maybe bring a tarp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2007
It's gotten to the point where Gooding's presence on a marquee practically guarantees we'll be bashing our heads against the seat in front of us.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 7, 2007
By now you've seen most of the visual gags. A bus drives into a building. An outhouse explodes.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 7, 2007
Gates and Rae are game, but not funny in the least. The kids are stereotypes, and not particularly amusing ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2007
Poison ivy would be less painful.
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John Anderson
Variety
August 3, 2007
Daddy Day Camp suffers all the near-classic sequel handicaps.