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The Spy Next Door (2010)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 79

Lacking a script funny enough to cover up for Jackie Chan's fading physical gifts, The Spy Next Door fails on every conceivable level.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 25

Lacking a script funny enough to cover up for Jackie Chan's fading physical gifts, The Spy Next Door fails on every conceivable level.



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Reminiscent of Kindergarten Cop, with a dash of Spy Kids, The Spy Next Door blends together an entertaining mixture of family fun and martial-arts comedy styling to form a familiar story that once again reminds us that even hardened action heroes have a soft side. Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an international spy on loan to the CIA who gives up his job in hopes of leading a so-called normal life with his next-door-neighbor girlfriend and her rambunctious brood. There's nothing in Spy that the

May 18, 2010


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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (79) | DVD (6)

Even the outtakes barely raise a smile.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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At some point, the social mores that functionally banned most other forms of ethnic stereotyping will catch up with the Slavs, a sad day indeed for middling screenwriters.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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As for Mr. Chan, he has some passably choreographed bits with folding chairs, a bicycle and, later, some pots and pans at Gillian's house. But it's hardly enough to redeem -- or even make bearable -- this half-hearted hodgepodge.

January 15, 2010
New York Times
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The script -- which took three people to write -- is barely coherent, and it's unclear whether Brian Levant was even on set when he directed. All that's left for us to enjoy are the action scenes, and frankly most of those are a little depressing.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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If the lazy filmmakers don't care enough about their movie to offer at least one single original idea, then you shouldn't care enough to go see it.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

This film plays it too safe and brings you only a smidgeon of charm and laughter.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

An uncomfortable journey for everyone involved.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Though mixing espionage and family values in unraveling dysfunctional behavior among a bratty brood of siblings may be a stretch, Jackie Chan makes the most of it in his latest caper targeting unruly kids.

May 30, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comment (1)

This is the broad, silly kiddie exercise it appears to be.

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May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you're still awake by the end credits, Chan's out-takes are sadly the funniest thing in this inane, silly and below-par effort. This one is for kids only.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

The woeful screenplay, the mundane direction, by Brian Levant, and the indifferent acting all combine to sink a stupid plot which should never have got off the ground.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

[The movie] is [likable], bringing a peppy energy to Bob's segue from international spy to babysitter.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The slapstick comedy will amuse a young audience, but their parents will find it tedious.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Definitely one for the kids to watch on their own when it comes out on DVD.

March 22, 2010
Little White Lies

Chan has just enough friendly charm to transcend this rubbish.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Tongue-in-cheek entertainment...

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

[It] may be a sign that age has finally caught up with this once most agile of action heroes.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A movie that posits Billy Ray Cyrus as a techno-genius and allows the baddies to get away with Russian accents that would put most meerkats to shame.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It starts slowly and ends very predictably. In fact, the bloopers which come before the end credits are probably the best thing about it -- and that says a lot.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The results are always less than hilarious.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Only Chan's charm saves it.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The closing credit outtakes are the best part of this feeble effort.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

When people moan about the world's worst film-makers, the names Uwe Boll and Joel Schumacher invariably come up. If Brian Levant has escaped such infamy, it's only by sticking under the radar with kiddie-litter.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Spy Next Door

a silly premise and corny script actually works for a film like this. chan is fun to watch as always and my kids enjoyed it. an average and enjoyable family action comedy.
June 21, 2011
danny d

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26/02/2011 (DVD)

A family buzz! Definitely a winner for the occasional family night in. Enjoyed it very much, the whole martial-art comedy thing is a plus and Jackie Chan is the right ingredient for that. This won't win any 'Oscar" but it will extract a giggle somewhere.

I don't think I could watch this alone, its not that kind of movie to soak in, it's more of a groupie flick where you don't really have to concentrate while you watch it because everything is easy to catch and predictability levels are heightened due to the fact that this plot has been done several times but still... a fun time goodie for the clan.

A one-time fun time experience for me but a definite recommendation for all. Honestly there are times in this flick where I'm like "I can't believe they left that line in or that scene" but I guess that's why I enjoyed it more... I sort like crap like that, it just makes me wonder and laugh and think whether they did that on purpose. I don't know?
April 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

I have seen hundreds of movies go bad. I've seen plenty try and cram a ham-fisted saccharine, entirely phony message about family values or whatever hackneyed lesson needs to be delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Rarely have I seen a movie that tries to cram in EVERY banal family message possible into one exasperated running time. There was one point where I counted three clichéd platitudes in a row. Rarely have I seen a movie fail at comedy so badly, even the generous definition of comedy in family films, a subgenre that haunts all those who crossover into it. Rarely have I seen one single family film try to do so much and succeed so breathtakingly little. The Spy Next Door is that movie. Jackie Chan stars as a retired Chinese super spy who the American government wants to keep contracting. He's also dating his neighbor (Amber Valetta) who has three rambunctious kids that fall into easy slots (surly teenager smarting from parent's divorce, dweeby tech kid trying to learn to stand up to bullies, precocious little tyke who makes a mess). Chan agrees to watch over them for a weekend to convince those kids they should give him a shot, or else it's splitsville between he and the mom. It's the Vin Diesel Pacifier movie but done with even less finesse, if possible. The comedy is nonexistent, which is saying something for being as broad as it is, the physical action shows how badly Chan is aging, and the plot is painfully predictable. This is just a sad, uncomfortable viewing experience; it reeks of desperation and despondency. No one looks to be enjoying themselves for a single second. That's probably because The Spy Next Door is a vacuum of fun; it's lazy, incompetent, but worst of all, devoid of any effort to be something other than a mind-numbing, head-scratching waste of 90 minutes.

Nate's Grade: D-
March 12, 2011
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

it was just a nice family friendly action comedy and i enjoyed it quite well
December 23, 2010
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