• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[A] laugh-free comedy.

| Original Score: 1/5

September 5, 2003
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Am I the only critic willing to talk about how offensive the elementary school spirit squad scene is?

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 8, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are laughs, to be sure, and some gleeful supporting performances, but after a promising start the movie sinks in a bog of sentiment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Yet another in the increasingly inert and generic assembly line created by Adam Sandler for SNL alums.

| Original Score: C-

September 4, 2003
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Like its subject, can't climb above earlier, more successful moments.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like David Spade's underrated Joe Dirt, Dickie is great in concept, so-so in execution.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2003
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A wince-inducing comedic atrocity.

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

May 3, 2005
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2005
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
Eric D. Snider

David Spade has never had a hit film on his own, and he has given us little reason to think he deserves one.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D

September 4, 2003
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 2/10

September 12, 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
Joshua Tyler

This is Spade's best effort in a long line of really bad solo projects, but the best parts of his film feature washed up actors and have nothing at all to do with him.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The movie may appeal to fans of Spade's trademark smug and blandly disaffected comic style. And his delivery occasionally fits the material. But too many segments are flat and schlocky.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 5, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Only the latest in a long line of forgettable, unfunny "comedies" in which we're supposed to care about some intrinsically unlikable slob.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 5, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...the shoddy execution of Dickie Roberts is about a dozen of whoopie cushions inferior to the insightful other sources that knew how to skew the outrageousness of this subject matter.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2003
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor

While there are numerous stomach-churning scenes in 'Dickie Roberts'..., the most gorge-inducing moments come when we are genuinely meant to feel for him.

Full Review Source: Critic Doctor

September 4, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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December 13, 2003
Holly Aguirre
February 25, 2004
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
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October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
September 8, 2003

AV Club
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September 4, 2003

Baltimore Sun
September 5, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 5, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003

February 7, 2004

April 9, 2004

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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