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Getting Even With Dad Reviews

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Caryn James
New York Times
July 25, 2014
The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 28, 2013
The new summer movies don't get much more formulaic than this bald attempt to capture the audience that can't wait to see the next three or four installments of Home Alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jane Stefanski
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2013
The feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
May 28, 2013
Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 28, 2013
The film's greatest liability is Culkin, grown awkwardly out of his Home Alone cuteness into a Stepford Child star.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 28, 2013
When toddlers are tipping the punchlines, it's time for rewrite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2013
This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2013
It's all a bit smug and suspect.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 28, 2013
Culkin is Culkin, cute and malleable, absolutely empty, absolutely precious, absolutely irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2013
It can't decide whether to be a mushy valentine to the dad-son relationship, masculine style, or a not-very-clever comedy.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 28, 2013
Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 6, 2010
Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
August 17, 2008
A charming, amusing comedy for the whole family
| Original Score: 3/5
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Alistair Owen
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The script is formula and so is the direction, which leaves the acting.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2003
Perhaps blackmail isn't an easy subject to warm up to, or robbery the best ground to rebuild a relationship on, but with a little care, some added ingredients and a bit more spice, Getting Even With Dad could have been a satisfying [film].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Yeah, the one with Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson. Avoid at all conceivable cost.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The dysfunctional family in this film is little more than a shameless plot device to introduce a lame father/son bonding adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Here is a movie with broad ambitions: It wants to be a caper, a comedy, a romance, and a showcase for MacAulay Culkin. That's too much of a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Who, exactly, is supposed to fall for this stuff?
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's so monotonously unimaginative that it practically qualifies as child abuse.
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