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Kazaam Reviews

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John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 22, 2014
Ultimately this is a kids-only affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
May 29, 2013
Dismal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mary Flannery
Philadelphia Daily News
May 29, 2013
Kazaam puts up a brick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2013
Are you bored yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 29, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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March 26, 2009
Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 28, 2004
Prime MST3K material, ripe for the ripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
Horrible kids movie. The kid is annoying and there's no clever humor.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Esther Iverem
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
The movie's producers could use a genie of their own. Surely, if granted three wishes, they could have produced a better film.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The gloomy psychology detracts from the film's magic elements.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As for Shaquille O'Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Overall, a compelling argument for the $121-million Los Angeles Lakers center to keep his day job.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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