• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sam Weisman
    In Theaters:
    Sep 3, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 17, 2004
  • Paramount Pictures


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Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not at all funny David Spade movie.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2010
Kam Williams
Bean Soup Times

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.

Full Review Source: Bean Soup Times | Original Score: 0/4

January 9, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A wince-inducing comedic atrocity.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: D

May 3, 2005


| Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 1/4

June 23, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2004
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

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

Full Review

November 2, 2003
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C-

October 9, 2003
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

September 27, 2003
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer

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

Full Review Source: Dallas Observer

September 25, 2003
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2003
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald

...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

| Original Score: C

September 12, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 11, 2003
Alex Pappademas
Village Voice
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You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 9, 2003
Kit Bowen

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

An opportunity badly blown.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2003
David Edelstein
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 8, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 8, 2003
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