• 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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Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2012

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006


| Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 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.

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November 2, 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
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Every moment that's meant to be touching is laughable, but the moments when we're supposed to be laughing are just funny enough to carry the movie along.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2003
Dustin Putman

While most of the physical comedy is lazy and predictable...what surrounds it is a surprisingly charming diversion with a rather clever premise.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2003
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Too hit-and-miss to score consistently, the film still offers plenty of strong laughs, along with a knowing take on celebrities and their foibles.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 6, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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I often found myself laughing in spite of no one, not even myself.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 6, 2003
John Venable

Worth the price of admission just to see the opening E! True Hollywood Story about Dickie, and the closing credits which feature every former child star from the past 20 years.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 8/10

September 5, 2003
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dickie Roberts, while certainly not a good movie, is a perfectly affable summer comedy, filled with nearly nonstop physical comedy and an impressive sprinkling of has-been celebrity cameos.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2003
Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
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Anyone who grew up watching television or revels in every episode of E! True Hollywood Story (and you know who you are) should enjoy this movie.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2003
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a standard joke in screwy teen comedies, but for some reason it seems kind of fresh here.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2003
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A sweetly winning domestic comedy.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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An amiable-enough Spade vehicle that lacks that certain something, but still manages to generate its fair share of giggles.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2003

This movie is almost as much of a surprise as it is to wake up on Christmas morning to find just what you want under the tree.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2003
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Holly Aguirre
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February 7, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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December 13, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
September 8, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

"Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" blends two movies together to create a medioce concoction.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2003

Baltimore Sun
September 5, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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AV Club
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