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Daddy Day Care (2003)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 92

Daddy Day Care does its job of babysitting the tots. Anyone older will probably be bored.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 28

Daddy Day Care does its job of babysitting the tots. Anyone older will probably be bored.



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Movie Info

When two fathers lose their jobs in product development at a large food company, they are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay at home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, the two dads open their own day care facility, "Daddy Day Care," and employ some fairly unconventional methods of caring for children. As "Daddy Day Care" starts to catch on, it launches them into a highly competitive rivalry with Chapman Academy's tough-as-nails director


Comedy, Kids & Family


Geoff Rodkey

Sep 23, 2003


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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (92) | DVD (25)

[Murphy's] charming enough in this restrained mode.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's one of the worst movies of the year.

May 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Murphy is so oddly bland in Daddy Day Care that it seems like he sleepwalked through the making of the film.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Tepid attempt at comedy.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Daddy Day Care doesn't rank with the most awful of the Murphy turkeys, but it's definitely flat as a pancake, fueled by bathroom humor, listless pratfalls and recycled, borderline-offensive jokes about the ineptitude of men as caretakers.

May 9, 2003
Seattle Times
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A harmless and amusing summer comedy.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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These scenes are so inevitable, you could develop a drinking game around them.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Eddie Murphy in slapstick potty humor comedy.

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

Maybe it's about time Murphy fired his agent and tried reviving his career.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

My advice is to beat your children rather than take them to Daddy Day Care.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Daddy Day Care just wants to make you laugh, and make your kids laugh too.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Someone needs a time-out to think about writing a better script.

September 23, 2003 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

It moves with such turgid lack of energy that I found myself wincing, trying to smooth over the rhythm with my imagination.

July 20, 2003

The kiddies will love every formulaic moment. Heck, they probably won't even care that quality thespian Angelica Huston is reduced to an embarrassing wreck.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

Daddy Day Care is a manufactured film which is willing to capitalize on the fact that a sucker of a filmgoer is born every minute.

July 15, 2003 Full Review

Eddie Murphy has kept his swelled ego in check here, but being too naughty when it should be nice stings the movie.

June 24, 2003 Full Review

Talvez suas cenas funcionassem melhor caso fossem acompanhadas por uma trilha de risadas gravadas. Esta, aliás, seria a única forma de ouvirmos risos nos cinemas que exibirem este filme.

June 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Daddy Day Care is ground zero in the new breed of awful family movies -- entertainment designed for parents who'll take their kids to anything that shuts them up for 90 minutes.

June 3, 2003 Full Review

Once it gets the bodily function jokes out of its system (sorry), it settles into being a fairly agreeable little movie.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

Daddy Day Care is a kid flick that's been kitted out with a lot of grown-up smart-assness—the better to broaden its appeal to audiences who weren't born in the '90s.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Has enough gags to transcend its saccharine and predictable plot.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The movie is clearly aimed at kids, but is this really the kind of stuff we should be filling their brains with?

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

No one wants to let Eddie and his partner watch their kids at first because they are men, and of course men are only good at tweaking their cars to shoot flames from the engine.

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source:

...doesn't offer much beyond cute faces and forgettable poop jokes.

May 14, 2003

["Daddy Day Care"] is a straightforward, don't-expect-any-surprises kind of pre-summer entertainment that has a good supporting cast, precocious kids and a premise that lends itself to slapstick comedy.

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The title tells it all, and when you cast Eddie Murphy in that role, you know you've got the attention of the family trade who will have an almost hypocritically high tolerance for raunchy gags.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Daddy Day Care


Out of all the depressing, lowbrow, dark, idiotic, repugnant family movies Eddie Murphy has created and then cursed cinema with. This is just another one of them. It's a stupid, trashy however passable flick. I'm pretty sure I saw a glimmer of heart once or twice.
March 31, 2012
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This can't be worse... right?!?!
... Oh wait!!!... they made a sequel?!?!
Whole shit!!!!
January 11, 2012
Lucas Martins

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August 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

Eddie Murphy is hilarious in this film!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Charlie Hinton: If you put your kids through this they're gonna be miserable in four languages...
    2. Miss Gwyneth Harridan: Five, we start Portugese in the fall.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Charlie Hinton: Wow, goats really love pie.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Charlie Hinton: Any boob can run a day-care center but it takes a family to raise some kids and that's what we're gonna be from now on, a family.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Miss Gwyneth Harridan: My dear Jennifer... In life, there are winners and there are losers; and to win, you have to play dirty!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Charlie Hinton: If you don't stop it with that Star Trek stuff, I'm gonna push you in that sticker bush.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Phil: Let's get safety gate crazy.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
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