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Kangaroo Jack Reviews

Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
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Likable but negligible.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 5, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Parents beware: this film is too crude, violent and offensive for younger viewers.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Aussie-set comic fiasco.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 31, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's 89 minutes of pure agony without a laugh in sight.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 31, 2003
Joe McGovern
Village Voice
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has an unparalleled knack for assembling Z-grade talent, particularly when operating in family-fun mode.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 18, 2003
Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A collection of tepid chase scenes perked up, sadly, by moments of camel flatulence.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Computer effects have reduced a magnificent animal to a cartoon comic foil with human expressions and a yen for red licorice.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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[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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 0/4

January 17, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Take a camcorder to the zoo and make your own kangaroo movie. Trust me, it will be far superior.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D-

January 17, 2003
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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Little more than an exercise in pockmarked dialogue, lame stereotype riding and even worse pacing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Will parents be able to sit through Kangaroo Jack without plunging sharp sticks into their eyes? The short answer? Yes. Barely.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2003
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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An action comedy that's as idiotic as it sounds. Still, it's also harmless enough entertainment for its intended preteen audience.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Though the comedy is feeble, the dramatic elements -- including the budding romance between Charlie and Jessie -- cross the pain threshold.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This is barely enough story ... to sustain a Three Stooges short, let alone an 88-minute movie.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A front-end collision of a family comedy.

January 16, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There is something crass and ugly about the way Kangaroo Jack develops its hackneyed, potentially amusing premise.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 16, 2003
Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
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Just right for preadolescent and young teen males who find the idea of animals passing gas hilarious.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2003
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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The result is a hybrid hash.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

January 16, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2003
Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

January 16, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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

January 16, 2003
Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 16, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 16, 2003
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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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

January 16, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A movie that encapsulates all that is vulgar, stupid and repellent about the Hollywood mind-set.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D+

January 16, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Junky kids' comedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

January 16, 2003
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

January 15, 2003
Joe Leydon
Variety
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A shrill and silly farce in which a CGI marsupial seems more lifelike than most of its flesh-and-blood co-stars.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 13, 2003
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