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Kazaam (1996)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 31

Crafted from a mix of genre clichés, Kazaam doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be, and Shaq's larger-than-life charisma is stifled by rote filmmaking and an unimaginative story.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 13

Crafted from a mix of genre clichés, Kazaam doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be, and Shaq's larger-than-life charisma is stifled by rote filmmaking and an unimaginative story.



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Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max (Francis Capra) experiences when he fools a gang of local toughs who cornered him at school. The gang finds out that the key he gave them is of no value in committing a robbery, and they chase him through the streets of his neighborhood, bent on revenge. He tries to escape by slipping into the open door of an old warehouse, but they follow him there, too. While running from them through aisles filled with all

Oct 8, 2002

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In his Hollywood debut, Shaq more or less played himself as a coveted college center in William Friedkin's excellent Blue Chips. Kazaam is a compelling argument for keeping him on the court and as far away from a movie set as possible.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Are you bored yet?

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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As fairy tale, buddy comedy, family drama, thriller or rap revue, Kazaam is simply uninspired and unconvincing, and Mr. O'Neal, who can carry a basketball team, lacks the charisma to rescue this misguided effort.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's hard to ignore the unpleasant implications of a scenario that involves a small white boy lording it over an African-American man twice his size.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Kazaam puts up a brick.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Good ol' Shaq, the big happy galoot, makes you smile just by showing up. Because of him, Kazaam is a minimal kid-pleaser, but because the trailers made us dream of genie, we can't help being disappointed when we get a turbaned social worker.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Prime MST3K material, ripe for the ripping.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Horrible kids movie. The kid is annoying and there's no clever humor.

July 14, 2003

The visual trickery might delight children, but Kazaam will leave even them wishing for more of the genie's playful trickery to make up for lackluster comedy in the story.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Overall, a compelling argument for the $121-million Los Angeles Lakers center to keep his day job.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Kazaam is a genie movie that doesn't have a spark of magic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

Audience Reviews for Kazaam

Shaq tried to follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and make a cool kids movie. He failed.
September 11, 2012
Eric Alvarez

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another film i was surprised at mainly because of all the bashing it has had from critics and people and i love this movie i thought it was funny entertaining and fun for the whole family
July 28, 2012
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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Kazaam has got the reputation of being one of the worst films ever made, and with good reason. I originally saw this when it first came out and thought it was awful, and I was 11 years old at the time. The film is utter garbage. I don't even know where to begin with this film. Well for one, if this was supposed to be an entertaining and fun family film, it definitely doesn't do that. Kazaam is a stupid, pointless, poorly constructed piece of garbage that should never have been made in the first place. This is a film that no one should waste their time on. Director Paul Michael Glaser should be ashamed of himself for directing this drivel. Kazaam is a pointless film, and if you're looking for one of the worst films ever made, then look no further. The acting is awful, the plot is equally bad and so is the directing. There is no redeeming qualities about this film and it's overall, a great waste of time. Watching paint dry is more entertaining than watching this trash. A terrible film that should never have been made, Kazaam definitely scraps the bottom of the barrel of bad ideas, and has nothing good going for it. The only good thing about this film is the end credits. Avoid this film like the plague; you'd be glad you did. This is simply an awful film that's really not worth watching.
November 4, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I saw this movie on TV a lot when I was a kid, at first I thought it was kinda fun, but eventually it got extremely annoying. Now, I can see it for what it is: a movie about a kid who gets a genie to help him beat up bullies. The genie is played by Shaquille O'Neal, a big, tall, basketball player, who can't act. This movie is too cheesy, it's like the cheese got burnt, it's so bad. Do not watch this movie, there are many better movies with the same theme.
June 24, 2011

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    1. Kazaam: I am Kazaam!
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