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Zoom (2006)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 63

Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair.


Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 17

Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair.



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Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private Academy.


Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy

Rif Coogan, David Berenbaum

Sep 2, 2007


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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (63) | DVD (7)

... this fizzled action flick lacks the wit, style and substance of so many better efforts ...

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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When it comes to action, comedy, and drama, three words apply: lamer, lamer, lamest.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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In a feat of dullness quite powerful in its own way, this lifeless family comedy sucks the joy from every joke it touches; X-Men's Rogue would be envious.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
Entertainment Weekly
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A cheap, ugly, forgettable footnote to the seemingly endless superhero boom.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Zoom is another one of those endearingly cheap, twice-annual Tim Allen movies that seem to be forever playing on airplanes. (Next up is Santa Clause 3.)

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Zoom is a movie that you've probably seen several times already.

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Although it is aimed at very young children, Zoom doesn't even work as a kid flick. It is truly one of the worst films of the year.

July 28, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Imagine a mix of Sky High and The Incredibles with all the fun, laughs and clever adventure taken out and you've got director Peter Hewitt's atrocious comic-book fiasco.

July 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Half-baked and poorly executed.

July 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

As much fun as being bitten by radioactive spiders for 83 minutes.

July 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4

A celluloid cliché from first frame to last, it doesn't deserve your hard-earned cash. Watch X-Men again instead. Or even Sky High.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Dull comic-book fodder for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Call this one Galaxy Quest -- another movie in which Tim Allen plays an arrogant jerk who learns lessons about teamwork and friendship -- without the humor, charm, or wit.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The story is muddled and slovenly, and the execution is unbelievably cheap-looking, with special effects that are miles beyond cheesy.

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

[It] made me laugh. I don't know why.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

The title describes the sound that you should make in your car, or on foot, or on mule, heading away from any cinema showing this film.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Completely lacking the wit and charm that made superhero family flicks like The Incredibles and Sky High so entertaining, Zoom is an absolute mess of a movie.

February 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

...a light-hearted and mindlessly engaging time-waster.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

you won't miss much if you give this one a pass

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source:

Santa trapped in a chimney and choking on his own beard would be funnier than this.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Zoom is a shocking waste of a decent premise - it could have been the Galaxy Quest of superhero movies but instead it's a badly directed, poorly written and desperately unamusing mess.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

... a copycat kids' flick that raises smiles but no laughs.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

This comedy drags its feet, while the sappy sweetness will make you wince.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Ever the foolish optimist, I actually expected to enjoy Zoom.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Despite whatever connotations its title might suggest, Zoom is a movie marked by pure laziness, made by folks who either don't know or don't care what they're doing.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Zoom

I laugh at myself for sort of enjoying this film while it is on, but then I think back to when I was watching it and I stand in shock. Did I really enjoy this film? Yes! Yes, sadly I did, but it is an awful film all around. So here I am, liking every actor in a terrible movie, with horrific effects and a bad enough story that it's almost too dumb for kids. I must say that this "Superhero" flick is one of the worst of it's kind, but one of my many guilty pleasures that I can somehow watch over and over again, and I hate myself for that. In the end, there is nothing that comes from this short 80-minute train wreck. "Zoom" sucks and I love it!
May 14, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Zoom is a cross between the X-Men, Sky High and The Incredibles but isn't anywhere near as good as either one of them. The script is awful. The story had a lot going for it but it concentrates too much on less important aspects of the story/situation rather than what the film should be all about. It's nice to see Chevy Chase again, shame it was in this though. Watch Tim Allen closely, you can see him slowly dying of shame in every scene. Watch Sky High instead or read a book, go for a walk, anything but this.
May 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

This got 50+ ratings? Are you kidding me? This movie was such a crap.
May 13, 2014
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

"They're going to save the world . . . as long as they're home for dinner"

Former superhero Jack Shepard, (also known as Captain Zoom), is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes at a privacy Academy and save the world from certain destruction. The project holds an audition of would-be members, most of whom possess useless or disgusting powers. In the end, Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength.

"Zoom" is a kids' superhero flick based on the novel "Zoom's Academy" written by Jason Lethcoe. In it, Tim Allen stars as a has-been superhero who's tasked to train four young superheroes to battle a nemesis. With that, you pretty much know what to expect. Unfortunately, that's all. While the film has all what comprises a prototype of this milked-dry genre, the experience is overtly familiar and dull.

Jack Shephard (Allen... nope, not Matthew Fox) was Captain Zoom, a superhero who can travel at superhuman speeds, and one of the members of the military-sponsored superhero group "Team Zenith." But he has since lost his powers after a military experiment has gone awry that also has his teammates killed. 30 years later Jack is brought back to train four youngsters with superpowers when a new malevolent threat from the past emerges.

First of all, the script of Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum doesn't attain new heights with their blunt dealing of a theme that's been done more excellently with "The Incredibles" and "Sky High." And director Peter Hewitt ("Garfield"), who clearly isn't exactly a master storyteller himself, has little to work from with such a dull and hollow material. All of the characters are perfunctory parts rather than humans portraying genuine conflicts.

Also, for a film that's called "Zoom," the film drags: it lacks a sufficient amount of action. We're supposed to see the kids train, but all we're mostly shown are unfunny attempts at slapstick humor that the filmmakers assume would elicit laughters from the little tots among the audience (uhm, Courteney Cox tripping down and Chevy Chase getting slime on his face, anyone?). What constitutes for training involve at the most paint balls and a drive-thru chaos at a Wendy's restaurant. Yes, there's the climactic fight sequence at the end but it's too quick, unexciting, and not enough by a mile for a film that has terribly dragged along.

Ultimately, what transpires is a terribly unfunny movie that wears out its welcome faster than its main character runs.
May 13, 2014
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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