A simple pleasure from start to finish.
| Original Score: 3/5
A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad.
[A] decent old-school family film (with cuddly lessons and morals).
| Original Score: B-
Down and Derby is amusing enough to make a bit of money at the box office and become a shelf-stable DVD for years to come.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It should be required viewing for moms and dads tempted to write their children's essays, create Power Point presentations for their science projects and build their Pinewood Derby cars.
Down and Derby is a benign but good-hearted family comedy that offers a gender-switch on stage moms: derby dads.
Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.
| Original Score: 2/5
Does better on DVD than it did on the big screen, as long as your expectations aren't too high.
| Original Score: C
The cornball humor and aw- shucks demeanor often make the Disney Channel seem edgy by comparison.
Imbecilic, unreasonable and wretchedly unfunny.... The film is 5,580 seconds long, and not one of those seconds is believable.
| Original Score: F
It's all about these fathers and how crazy they are.
Typical for this type of family-skewing comedy, performances vacillate between engagingly broad and annoyingly overstated.
Heads in predictable directions and illuminates little besides the process of crafting cars to compete in the Scouts' Pinewood Derby.
| Original Score: 2/4
Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.
The Pinewood Derby is a tradition dating back more than 50 years, but it's doubtful Down and Derby will hang around for more than a week.
Too often the movie defies description as a comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Down and Derby has the look and feel of something that might turn up on a cable channel devoted to 'family-friendly' entertainment, where it might find a greater audience.
| Original Score: C
[The] family-friendly slapstick is pitched at such a manic high... that the results are more exhausting than amusing.
| Original Score: 1/4
It has moments of fun, but... In racing terms, it limps toward the finish line and comes up short.
| Original Score: 2.5/5