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Kangaroo Jack Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2007
Likable but negligible.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Parents beware: this film is too crude, violent and offensive for younger viewers.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 31, 2003
Aussie-set comic fiasco.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 31, 2003
It's 89 minutes of pure agony without a laugh in sight.
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Joe McGovern
Village Voice
January 18, 2003
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has an unparalleled knack for assembling Z-grade talent, particularly when operating in family-fun mode.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
January 17, 2003
It's clear it was intended to cash in with audiences of all ages, but the antics are distinctly childish, while the romance is sexually suggestive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 17, 2003
A collection of tepid chase scenes perked up, sadly, by moments of camel flatulence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 17, 2003
Computer effects have reduced a magnificent animal to a cartoon comic foil with human expressions and a yen for red licorice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 17, 2003
[O'Connell and Anderson] are mere pawns in the larcenous career of Jerry Bruckheimer, who will carry on making a plethora of movies that are anathema to anyone with half a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 17, 2003
Take a camcorder to the zoo and make your own kangaroo movie. Trust me, it will be far superior.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
January 17, 2003
Little more than an exercise in pockmarked dialogue, lame stereotype riding and even worse pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 17, 2003
Will parents be able to sit through Kangaroo Jack without plunging sharp sticks into their eyes? The short answer? Yes. Barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 17, 2003
An action comedy that's as idiotic as it sounds. Still, it's also harmless enough entertainment for its intended preteen audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 17, 2003
Though the comedy is feeble, the dramatic elements -- including the budding romance between Charlie and Jessie -- cross the pain threshold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 17, 2003
This is barely enough story ... to sustain a Three Stooges short, let alone an 88-minute movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 17, 2003
Every bit as tasteful and understated as you might imagine.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 16, 2003
A front-end collision of a family comedy.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 16, 2003
There is something crass and ugly about the way Kangaroo Jack develops its hackneyed, potentially amusing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
January 16, 2003
Just right for preadolescent and young teen males who find the idea of animals passing gas hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 16, 2003
The result is a hybrid hash.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 16, 2003
Young children will like the hubbub and probably the flatulence, but grim-faced grown-ups might share sentiments with grizzled Australian character actor Bill Hunter, who plays a pilot... 'I should have never left the pub.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 16, 2003
There is, it turns out, a limit to how many times you can hear 'g'day mate' or Men at Work's 1982 hit 'Down Under.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 16, 2003
A combination of scatological humor, gunplay and sexual references -- including a scene in which Charlie fondles Jessie just off-screen -- should put it off limits to many kids.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
January 16, 2003
Camel-fart jokes, 'local color' dialogue from those Paul Hogan Qantas ads, computer-generated flora and fauna, and a criminal waste of the talented Anderson.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 16, 2003
Parents, take heed: Kangaroo Jack -- filled with Mafioso heists and hit men, camel flatulence and at least one wet T-shirt soak -- will hop right over the perplexed heads of your little darlings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2003
The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 16, 2003
A movie that encapsulates all that is vulgar, stupid and repellent about the Hollywood mind-set.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 16, 2003
Junky kids' comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 15, 2003
There really is a nice core to the movie, and O'Connell and Anderson are equally adept at getting laughs by playing up the characters' manic drive to keep going.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 13, 2003
A shrill and silly farce in which a CGI marsupial seems more lifelike than most of its flesh-and-blood co-stars.