The director of Bringing Down the House and the writer and co-creator of Reno 911! fail to find anything funny outside of the diaper pail.
| Original Score: 1/5
Rarely are films produced without an ounce of motivation or purpose, yet The Pacifier was green-lit by one of the worldâ(TM)s largest corporations apparently without anyone realizing that nothing in it makes a lick of sense.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
This premise is promising, but somehow the movie never really takes off.
| Original Score: 2/4
Vin Diesel is better than the material, but, no matter how hard he tries, he can't rise above the puerile screenplay.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The Pacifier is one of those movies that jams together two ideas that in the end don't work.
Crude humor, weirdly homophobic insults, uncomfortably stereotyped bad guys, and a plot twist involving a swastika that the target age group won't understand or relate to.
| Original Score: D
A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.
Frankly, to call The Pacifier a "cookie cutter" movie is an insult to the folks who actually make cookie cutters.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jokes never build, stagings are clumsy, and the whole thing feels as if it were slapped together in haste.
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.
Tommy Lee Jones and five cheerleaders; Vin Diesel and five toddlers. What's next? Harrison Ford and five crazy out of control nursing home patients?
Vin Diesel makes a shaky foray into kiddie films with The Pacifier
Before parodying your action superstar image, don't you first have to be an action superstar?
The Pacifier marks Vin Diesel's official descent into oblivion.
| Original Score: D-
Well there's 91 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
| Original Score: 0/5
A truly gag-worthy comedy.
Maybe it's a good thing the film is nearly a complete wreck, because it does provide a strong reminder just how much care and effort went into Kindergarten Cop.
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.
The good news is that the film accelerates just when Vin Diesel's acting ability starts to wane.
| Original Score: C