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Imagine That Reviews

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August 8, 2018
A disappointment is that the film eventually veers into predictable territory...but along the way, Murphy and the sparkling Shahidi develop wonderful chemistry, Church gamely steals the show, and the film's star sings, dances and even freaks out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
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.
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
August 14, 2009
Murphy goes through the motions and no-one will be surprised at the outcome, but the journey is what matters in these movies and Imagine That makes it bearable for anyone over the age of 10.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2009
Even with its ironic lack of imagination, Imagine That ends up being redeemed by a handful of wonderfully sweet moments.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2009
As long as Murphy is being silly, kids laugh. Their affinity for an adult willing to play with them is palpable. At the end, even the movie critic got a bit teary. Imagine that!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2009
This is a fairly likable family comedy.
June 14, 2009
"Imagine That" is not a bad movie. It is inoffensive and innocuous.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 14, 2009
It proves if you stick the right cute charismatic kid in a worn Disneyesque plot, twist it correctly and add [Eddie] Murphy in charm mode passť can be palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2009
Worthwhile, as long as you're willing to watch Eddie Murphy play the straight man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 13, 2009
Imagine That this innocuous family comedy could very well bring a smile to a little girl's face, especially if she sees it with her daddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2009
Most family films aim their lessons at children, but some actually have a thing or two for adults to learn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2009
Fortunately, the picture's not-so-secret weapon, star Eddie Murphy, gives this uneven effort a reason for being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2009
Thankfully freed by a child's imagination though it is, Imagine That eventually obeys well-worn, adult-imposed convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2009
It's the gentle, believable father-daughter chemistry between Murphy and Shahidi that emerges as the film's most impressive effect; it's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2009
If there were any doubts that Murphy can still be as boldly funny and charismatic in the flesh as he has been when providing the voice of Donkey in the Shrek franchise, Imagine That helps allay them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2009
If anything, the movie is almost more for adults than it is for kids. The first half to two-thirds in particular are quiet, peaceful and beautifully subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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