Imagine That - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Imagine That Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 27, 2011
It's silly enough that its target audience should get a kick out of it and its bearable for adults, and as far as family films go that's a lot better than you can usually expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
You might chuckle a couple of times, but it is literally a couple, and that's nowhere near enough humour, especially for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anders Wotzke
October 5, 2009
[Murphy] continues to treat his career like it were a game of limbo, as Imagine That sees the once gifted comedian stoop to a horrendous new low.
| Original Score: .5/5
Giles Hardie
October 1, 2009
Imagine That is an embarrassment from which only Thomas Haden Church emerges unscathed, because he is the only one to commit fully to his eccentric character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
September 17, 2009
Murphy struggles to find work in other genres, but given the way he indulges himself with funny faces and voices, it's equally possible that he genuinely likes acting alongside children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 16, 2009
An uncharacteristically restrained performance by Eddie Murphy, a sharply funny supporting role filled by Thomas Haden Church, and a beguiling new child actor, Yara Shahidi, make this fantasy-comedy about the power of imagination agreeable enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 15, 2009
Ham fisted and formulaic, Imagine That nevertheless has some endearing qualities to save it from the trash can %u2013 notably Yara Shahidi, the cute little bundle whose smartly innocent presence and likeable little face are so loved by the camera that dir
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 15, 2009
Eddie Murphy, in his hyperactive comedic guise, is in fine fettle in this family-friendly comedy, although he is largely upstaged by his enchanting 7 year old co-star Yara Shahidi, who steals scenes as quickly as Murphy talks.
Michael Dequina
August 31, 2009
Twenty years ago it would've been hard to imagine that the typical formula for an Eddie Murphy vehicle would have changed so dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
It's a sad reflection on Eddie Murphy's career that the best thing you can say about Imagine That is that there aren't any fat suits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 17, 2009
[A] characteristically laboured comedy.

London Evening Standard
August 17, 2009
It's anodyne stuff and not funny enough.
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
August 14, 2009
Imagine That is a sweet surprise of a film that goes some way to restoring Murphy's reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 14, 2009
Murphy at least tries to stay in character rather than overdoing the silly voices and physical knockabout, but maybe the material was so blah that he felt it wasn't worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 14, 2009
Short of laughs, sense and morality, this is an awkward, peculiar, peculiarly American, endeavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
August 14, 2009
You're left with the feeling that the film-makers don't see a conflict between the profit motive and paternal love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 14, 2009
There really isn't a spark of genuine humour or life in the entire thing, and the movie grinds its way to a syrupy finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 14, 2009
Yet another example of a movie that's had all the life sucked out of it by the Hollywood studio system. In the end it isn't very funny, clever or engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
August 14, 2009
Ultimately, if you want to watch a dire attempt at comedy revolving around a misguided father and troubled daughter then go off and rent Curly Sue. It's a cut above Imagine That, but that's hardly a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
August 14, 2009
The dubious combination of business, buffoonery and child manipulation makes Imagine That a tough sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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