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The Pacifier (2005)

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20

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 103

Vin Diesel parodies his tough guy image for the family audience, but the result is only moderately amusing.

14

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 31

Vin Diesel parodies his tough guy image for the family audience, but the result is only moderately amusing.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 387,193

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The toughest man in the American military faces a new kind of challenge -- looking after four kids in soccer-mom suburbia -- in this family-friendly comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. Shane Wolf (Vin Diesel) is a former Navy SEAL who was assigned to protect a scientist working on a top-secret defense project for the government. Despite Wolf's efforts, however, an assassin slipped past him and murdered the man he was guarding. The inventor's project is still being stored in his home, so Wolf has

Jun 28, 2005

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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (103) | DVD (29)

Per its title, The Pacifier will lull you to sleep.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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At one point, Diesel literally wades into a rancid sewer and emerges covered in feces, an image that sadly doubles as a metaphor for his career.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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There is no pleasure, guilty or otherwise, to be found in The Pacifier.

March 10, 2005
Rolling Stone
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[An] unintentional fascist satire.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A yawn-by-numbers romper-room dud that is nevertheless shrewd enough to tweak its star, Vin Diesel, for becoming a joke in less time than it took him to become an action hero.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's so awful. This reminds me, every once in a while on television they'll show failed sitcom pilots that never got picked up by the networks, and this has the feel of something like that.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Though it does have a talented cast with occasionally charming moments, it's still bad, and brainless.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It might have been a good career move for Diesel, who cut his teeth on high-octane action, but the script needs a lift and the direction feels lackluster.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Diesel has amply shown his star presence already, and he may even have a flair for comedy (if Hulk Hogan did, why shouldn't he?), but he gets no chance to prove it here.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's almost as if the writers got carried away with brainstorming all the funny things they could do with Vin Diesel's character.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

a nice, safe family film

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Frankly, to call The Pacifier a "cookie cutter" movie is an insult to the folks who actually make cookie cutters.

July 9, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

The film doesn't succeed on any level.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

I realize this is The Pacifier and not Vera Drake, but how this film strains credulity smacks of contempt for a paying audience

July 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Children under the age of 12 and teenagers who never set foot in a library might get some cheap thrills out of this refuse.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Fails on both an emotional and comedic level.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Pacifier is typically Disney: non-offensive to the point of banality.

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

...perfect for less-discriminating viewers, and those who just want a 98-minute respite from using their brain.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The good news is that the film accelerates just when Vin Diesel's acting ability starts to wane.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Just funny enough to recommend and it has a lot of heart.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Basically, this is Big Vin's Kindergarten Cop and your enjoyment of it will depend on just how much of a Vin fan you are.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Diesel seems to talk at half-speed most of the time, and doesn't exactly have a natural comic sensibility, but he works hard with a cast of great kids.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for The Pacifier

Embarassing
August 18, 2011
Liam Gadd

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OK+
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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Hysterical. Vin Diesel played a fantastic nanny and it's a nice heartfelt film that will have you smiling from start to finish.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Vice Principal Murney: You mess with the bull, you get the horns.
    – Submitted by Zach S (16 months ago)
    1. Lulu: I want you to have this. [giving family photo] Because I want you to never forget me.
    2. Shane Wolf: I will never forget you.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Lulu: Why are your boobs so big?
    2. Shane Wolf: They're not boobs!
    3. Lulu: Do you have to wear a bra?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
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