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.
This film plays it too safe and brings you only a smidgeon of charm and laughter.
| Original Score: 2/5
Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
| Original Score: 1/4
The Spy Next Door is precisely what you would expect from a PG-rated Jackie Chan comedy with that plot. If that's what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. It's not what I was looking for.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chan's new all-ages vehicle is smooth like oatmeal. It's hard to imagine anyone being offended, except fans of good comedy.
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.
An uncomfortable journey for everyone involved.
The closing credit outtakes are the best part of this feeble effort.
The slapstick comedy will amuse a young audience, but their parents will find it tedious.
It's pitched at a pre-teen audience -- the only kind likely to enjoy Levant's cheap misfire.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
You have been warned.
Definitely one for the kids to watch on their own when it comes out on DVD.
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.
The Spy Next Door is so hokey that I couldn't help but wonder if I was watching a campy sendup. It opens with "Secret Agent Man," for god's sake!
Still fit and doing quite a few of his own stunts, Chan is an action hero with considerable charm.
| Original Score: 2/4
Just normal, common- or-garden, ready-salted bad.
The Spy Next Door is bland, unassuming stuff for the kiddies. But few family films have Jackie Chan at their disposal.
Everything about the movie is sub-sitcom level.
| Original Score: 1/5
Following in Mr. Nanny and The Pacifier's turgid footsteps, Brian Levant's film mushifies Chan into a comedic parody of his rock-'em-sock-'em big-screen persona.
| Original Score: 0/4
When Jackie Chan gave up on acting and decided to retire, he didn't issue a press release, he made The Spy Next Door.
| Original Score: D+