The Parent Trap

Critics Consensus

Writer-director Nancy Meyers takes the winning formula of the 1961 original and gives it an amiable modern spin, while young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakout role.



Total Count: 50


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User Ratings: 530,633
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Walt Disney's The Parent Trap tells the tale of identical twin sisters, separated shortly after birth by the break-up of their parents. Unaware of each other's existence, the girls coincidentally meet at summer camp in Maine. Eager to meet their respective parents, the girls devise a scheme to switch places and ultimately, reunite their mom and dad.


Lindsay Lohan
as Hallie/Annie
Dennis Quaid
as Nick Parker
Natasha Richardson
as Elizabeth James
Elaine Hendrix
as Meredith Blake
Simon Kunz
as Martin
Polly Holliday
as Marva Kulp Sr.
Maggie Wheeler
as Marva Kulp Jr.
Ronnie Stevens
as Grandfather James
Joanna Barnes
as Vicki Blake
Erin Mackey
as Hallie / Annie (Acting Double)
Kat Graham
as Jackie
Michael Lohan
as Lost Boy at Camp
Rachel Biles Sullivan
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Katie Deshan
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Brighton Hertford
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Jennifer Lin
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Amy Centner
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Mia Tramz
as Navajo Bunk Girl
Christina Toral
as Cell Phone Girl
Dana Ponder
as Cell Phone Girl
Brianne Mercier
as Cell Phone Girl
Danielle Sherman
as Girl at Poker Game
Natasha Melnick
as Girl at Poker Game
Amanda Hampton
as Girl at Poker Game
Lisa Cloud
as Camp Counselor
Lisa Foster
as Camp Counselor
Heidi Boren
as Camp Counselor
Marissa Leigh
as Fencing Girl
Heather Wayrock
as Fencing Girl
John Atterbury
as Gareth, The James' Chauffeur
Hamish McColl
as Photographer
Vendela K. Thommessen
as Bridal Gown Model
Alexander Cole
as Richard, Meredith's Assistant
William Akey
as Bellhop with Flowers
David Doty
as Hotel Bartender
Roshanna Baron
as Lady at Pool
Brian Fenwick
as Desk Clerk
Jonneine Hellerstein
as Ship Photographer
Troy Christian
as QE2 Dancer
Denise Holland
as QE2 Dancer
Terry Kerr
as Living Statue
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Critic Reviews for The Parent Trap

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (7)

  • This 1998 romantic comedy mostly bores with its cumbersome exposition and close-ups of trivial objects scattered throughout lackluster montage sequences.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • New pic is slick, sentimental and exceptionally well cast, with enough cross-generational appeal to suggest strong commercial potential.

    Jul 6, 2010

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • The light comedy is sweetly timed, the direction smart and assured, and the visuals bright, colourful, unobtrusive and faultless.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Movies like this remember how much fun escapism can be.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It never fails to amaze me that something as essentially light and pointless as Disney's remake of The Parent Trap can clock in at over two hours in length.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Richardson and Quaid, who is beginning to resemble Harrison Ford in his rumpled mode, have great chemistry. It's a shame it takes so long for the movie to bring them together to demonstrate it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Parent Trap

  • Oct 25, 2012
    Very fun with a quirky spin on it, Lindsay Lohan does an outstanding job playing two roles.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I always liked this film, it was innocent and fun, it was a cute movie and I miss Linsey Lohan like this, before she went downhill.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    It's a fun movie with an interesting history and a fresh result.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    I always liked this film, it was innocent and fun, it was a cute movie and I miss Linsey Lohan like this, before she went downhill.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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