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Little Nicky (2000)

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22

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 90

Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 24

Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.

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The youngest child of the family often has the most problems -- so why should things be different for the Prince of Darkness and his offspring? Satan (Harvey Keitel) is considering retirement, and is pondering which of his sons should take over the family business -- ambitious Adrian (Rhys Ifans), strapping Cassius (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), or Nicky (Adam Sandler), an accident-prone demon who prefers to stay in his room playing his favorite heavy metal tunes. When Satan decides to stay on for

PG-13,

Comedy

Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Steven Brill

Apr 24, 2001

$38.5M

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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (90) | DVD (23)

Has an enormous cast of stars, including Harvey Keitel as daddy devil. But even the stars couldn't brighten up this flick.

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It would be hyperbole to argue that the road to movie hell is entirely paved with Adam Sandler's crude intentions -- but the guy sure has made a heck of a start.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Where's Sandler in all this? Lost in gimmicks that smack of desperation.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
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It never quite lights a fire under its subject matter.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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I can see how Little Nicky could have worked, It's just that Sandler, at the center, is a distraction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The most visually imaginative movie Sandler has made -- but it's also one of the most mind-bogglingly tasteless.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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This is no Wedding Singer.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Maybe Adam Sandler really has some familial connections with the Devil.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Pretty hellish.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A pleasantly sloppy party that doesn't go on too long.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

If you can take Sandler for more than five minutes, this is his funniest film to date.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I don't know why, but I just wasn't laughing that much.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

No, it's not a masterpiece, nor is it meant to be. For those of us greatly amused by the little rascal, this is a definite four-star movie.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...diverting enough to warrant a recommendation...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The wait for funny scenes feels like an eternity spent in hell.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Sandler delivers a performance that would cause yawns in a Montessori.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

This film is pretty much stupid from start to finish, although there are occasions when one is unable to stifle an embarrassed chuckle.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The road to hell is paved with ... bathroom humor.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Nothing in this ambitious, effects-laden spectacle about family values in hell made me laugh. Not once.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

This is one of Sandler's lesser films, but fans will dig it nonetheless. I did.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Plays like a series of sketches performed by a revolving cast of guest stars, a Carol Burnett Show of the damned.

September 6, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Simply not that funny... a film that feels forced in its formula and naked in its construction.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Farfetched as it seems, Little Nicky emerges as a comic tribute to filial loyality.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

jokes about genitalia, as well as jabs at gays and the handicapped, and two scenes in which someone gets an object shoved into his posterior. ...Congratulations, MPAA: You're doing one helluva job of protecting our kids from unsavory material.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Até mesmo o Inferno é mais divertido do que esta bomba. Isto é; desde que Adam Sandler não esteja lá.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Little Nicky

Little Nicky is yet another lame Adam Sandler comedy. Though there were some aspects of the film I enjoyed, as a whole, the film failed as a comedy. The comedic elements are very poor, as well as the acting. The cast are dull, boring and annoying. The high point of the film is Ozzy Osbourne's cameo. Even with, it doesn't save the film from being a total misfire. Adam Sandler displays a tired out comedy routine with Little Nicky, thus the film suffers from poor comedy, which gets tiring very quickly. I laughed a few times; unfortunately this is not a film that you can laugh over and over. Little has stood the test of time, and the comedic elements are tired, sloppy and plainly stupid. The comedy came out when I was still in High school, so I loved it back then, as an adult in my mid twenties, I view it now as an awful comedy with nothing really to enjoy, aside from the metal music used and Ozzy's cameo. Other than those two elements, the film is bad, forgettable, with a poor cast. This could have been a funny film if it wasn't for Sandler and the usual cast that he stars with. I found them to be quite dry, and they really didn't deliver any laughs. Little Nicky is a boring, forgettable comedy that hasn't stood the test of time. I hated the film, and thought it was a wasted opportunity to do something great. The film really disappointed me, and is one of Sandler's worst.
December 21, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This was the first movie I saw on a date in middle school, and even then I didn't think it was funny. Plain stupid.
August 9, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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Another Adam Sandler classic!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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This comedy film in hell is bored and brings lack of laughs. Adam Sandler is a good actor although I do consider him an acquired tastes and this is definitely not his finest hour. Another problem is that the film looks incredibly ugly.
The production is awful. Hell looks, for lack of a better and less offensive term, retarded. There is around 3 sets I've noticed. Nicky's room, the entrance to hell, and the throne.
The cast boasts wasted cameos and small parts, including Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Lovitz (who goes to hell in the first scene), Reese Witherspoon in a remarkably cute role as Nicky's angel mother, Quentin Tarantino, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Schneider. The duds for the most part get out of the way to make room for better things, including spot-on support from Harvey Keitel as a Devil Dad and Patricia Arquette as the design student love interest with no design sense. It's got a plot, effects and jokes. what more do you want?
April 7, 2011
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Dean McKenna

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