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Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star (2003)

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24

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

A so-so David Spade comedy with a few laughs.

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48

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 64,941

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In keeping with his background in television sitcoms, Sam Weisman directs the cameo-filled comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Dickie Roberts (David Spade) was a child actor on the hit TV show "The Glimmer Gang" and remains remembered for a particular catch phrase. Now in his thirties, he finds work as a parking valet and spends time with other nominal child stars (enter cameos by Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman, and the like). Wanting to make a comeback, he manages to get an audition with

PG-13,

Comedy

Fred Wolf, David Spade

Feb 17, 2004

$22.7M

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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (90) | DVD (21)

Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey.

September 8, 2003
Rolling Stone
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Just a platform for Spade to tell smutty jokes to kids, fall off bicycles, puncture waterbeds, and, oh yes, learn the real meaning of family.

September 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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This movie is better than Lost and Found and Joe Dirt, but that's like saying a kick in the shins is better than a poke in the eye or a kick to the groin.

September 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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I often found myself laughing in spite of no one, not even myself.

September 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Not at all funny David Spade movie.

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

Has nothing of value to offer other than a dizzying number of cameos by former child stars, each of whom is only momentarily amusing as a voyeuristic opportunity to compare the grown-up on screen to the kid ever emblazoned upon our mind's eye.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Bean Soup Times
Bean Soup Times

A wince-inducing comedic atrocity.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Nah.

July 20, 2004

Instead of seeing Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, you could...pierce yourself with sharp objects.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

If the filmmakers had resisted the urge to make it so adorable and meaningful, this could have been a terrific comedy.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Dickie Roberts is a lot funnier than it has any right to be... considering it's a David Spade comedy and counts Adam Sandler among its executive producers.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

This was a hysterical, shocking, and depressing movie that will have you feeling that you are old.

November 2, 2003 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

Quickly pushes aside the satirical promise of its premise in favor of trying to warm our hearts.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Comes off like a Hallmark card parody written by the staffers at Cracked.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

Not as disposable as we first think, and ultimately watchable once we get past an hour that's only marginally less damaging than a 'Diff'rent Strokes' marathon - but it's not exactly inspired either.

September 13, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

...the sort of B-actor-driven comedic train wreck that David Spade used to dryly mock while doing his 'Hollywood Minute' on Saturday Night Live

September 12, 2003
The Badger Herald

At least Dickie Roberts is a good dozen jokes apart from being a one-joke movie. And it's a good thing Spade penned the premise as fiction before Fox tried to pass it off as a reality show.

September 11, 2003 Full Review

If you ever wonder what happened to those child stars of the '70s and '80s, Dickie Roberts sheds some light, but it doesn't make you necessarily laugh as hard as it intends to

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

An opportunity badly blown.

September 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star

I thought Dickie Roberts was enjoyable! david Spade brings some pretty good talent to the table here!
January 11, 2010
KJ Proulx

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its just the same man-nanny becomes friends with the kids movie but it has David Spade and hes funny
August 6, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

I turned it off 3/4 of the way through. David Spade was better back in the early 90's.
July 7, 2007
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Definately unfunny. Why does it look like David Spade is wearing mascara??? This movie's plot is terrible, and, through the course of the movie, the use every cliche in the book. David Spade should stick to talking llamas.
July 31, 2006
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