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Unaccompanied Minors Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

February 3, 2007

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

January 6, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Irresponsible content notwithstanding, it's the low standard of filmmaking that really defies belief.

Full Review Source: Time Out

December 30, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Most Saturday morning cartoons are more realistic, and actually funnier.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 11, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Not for the faint of heart, the movie is unsettling and startlingly true to life.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2006
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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Unaccompanied Minors may not be the worst holiday comedy ever made, but frankly I can't think of something from that genre that sinks lower than this frighteningly bad movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 0/4

December 8, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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If you really must find something to distract your children from Christmas shopping and material yearning, this one gets top recommendation for happily occupying 90 minutes at the mall.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Filmmaker Paul Feig has proven his creativity directing The Office and Freaks and Geeks (which he created). With Unaccompanied Minors, he piles on one unfunny gag after another, leaving little room for character development.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 8, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A noisy, not particularly charming collection of skits and skirmishes.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a holiday farce in a minor key, suitable for the not-ready-for-PG-13 crowd, too boring for anybody else.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's some amusing mischief as the underage passengers outsmart the grownups, but the picture also features mean-spirited stereotypes that kill the festive mood. Talk about holiday blahs.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A lot of crotches get abused in the kiddie comedy Unaccompanied Minors. And as a viewer, I felt a lot like a crotch.

| Original Score: .5/4

December 8, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Unaccompanied Minors is a Christmas headache looking for an audience.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 8, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A film that's funny and entertaining for kids and adults and does not involve moronic warring neighbors.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2006
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Why bother suffering through 90 minutes of bad company for a few moments of holiday cheer? Especially when you can still stay home alone and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas somewhere on TV.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 8, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Though [director] Feig has said he was aiming for the spirit of films by John Landis (Animal House), Unaccompanied Minors more closely resembles the lesser movies of director-producer John Hughes.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A clumsily made but disarming enough movie about the joys of getting away with everything.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Nothing more than Home Alone in an airport.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 7, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A gently toned but ultimately trifling caper.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 7, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Though it doesn't reek of originality, Unaccompanied Minors manages to keep familiar routines entertaining and find fresh ways to revive the laughs fossilized inside old gags.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a prefab slapstick-'n'-pathos stew that doesn't taste like anything.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 7, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Most of the comedy consists of one-liners and wacky slapstick.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 7, 2006
John Anderson
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The dialogue is truly painful. The situations are so contrived they make "SpongeBob" seem like a nature documentary. But what's more annoying about Minors, is the calculation behind it.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2006
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A Christmas lump of coal.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D+

December 7, 2006
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Anyone old enough to go see this without a parent or guardian will have seen it all before.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

December 6, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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How do you defang and declaw caustic standup comic and commentator Lewis Black? Stick him in a PG-rated holiday family movie, then stand back and watch the laughs not pile up.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 6, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice
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Anyone who has ever actually been stuck in a terminal with rowdy youngsters will not likely choose to pay money to revisit that experience on-screen.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 5, 2006
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Where's John Hughes when you really need him?

December 5, 2006

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Cycles of escape, recapture and punishment ensue, though a climactic infusion of Christmas spirit helps keep results merry.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 4, 2006
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