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Imagine That Reviews

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
August 17, 2009
It's anodyne stuff and not funny enough.
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
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
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
June 15, 2009
This is a fairly likable family comedy.
June 15, 2009
[A] misguided, poorly executed family disaster.
June 12, 2009
Cutesy? My pain was acutesy as the entire plot yawned before me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
Imagine That has a few nagging problems, none of which is Eddie Murphy's fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2009
Given the movie's early creative promise, the ending is disappointingly trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Unfortunately, Evan's transformation rings tinny. The music guides us to the appropriate moods (This is magical! This is goofy!), because Murphy's performance doesn't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2009
Director Karey Kirkpatrick mines laughter from human fallibility, aided by a strong supporting cast that includes Martin Sheen as the boss and Thomas Haden Church as an office rival.
June 12, 2009
Here's a summer movie that kids will laugh at and parents can take them to without worrying about sex, violence, language or projectile vomiting jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2009
Murphy rises to every occasion, not only with the crisp wit that has long been his hallmark, but with restraint and tenderness that serve him well.
June 12, 2009
A movie that takes a major step toward reasserting Murphy's place as the comic heir not just to such obvious models as Richard Pryor but to Groucho Marx.
June 11, 2009
It's too bad there's little to distinguish this predictable tale from any other comedy about an overly busy father who finally connects with his child.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2009
Shahidi's and Murphy's scenes together have such warmth, tenderness, and joy that they elevate this cookie-cutter comedy into homemade fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2009
I laughed once during Imagine That's interminable 107 minutes, and the longer I watched Murphy's desperate, embarrassing attempts at provoking laughter, the worse I felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2009
The actor's scenes with movie daughter Shahidi have an undeniable sweetness, and Shahidi is adorable in a role that easily could have seemed manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2009
For the first time since The Nutty Professor, Eddie Murphy successfully mixes his adult and kid-film personas -- imagine that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2009
Given his growing track record of odious kiddie fare, it's no surprise to see Eddie Murphy squandering his talents as another in a long line of movie dads who are too wrapped up in their jobs to pay attention to their kids.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 11, 2009
Eddie Murphy in another mediocre family comedy? Imagine that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2009
A little more than what you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2009
Imagine That is amusing without ever being break-out funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2009
Murphy's goofy, bug-eyed hysterics seem played out and overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 10, 2009
Imagine That is a benignly didactic kiddie movie that at once benefits from and gets buried under Eddie Murphy's skittery, overeager inflections.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 10, 2009
This is another loathsome family comedy in which a busy father is made to feel like a horrible parent until he abandons earning money and conforms to his child's every whim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
June 10, 2009
If memory serves, kiddies like whatever movie you drop them off at but, for the record, Drop Dead Fred remains the vastly superior film.
June 9, 2009
It's based on a clever premise and it makes good use of Murphy's comic strengths.
June 8, 2009
Arguably the most innocuous pic of Eddie Murphy's career to date, Imagine That is an undemandingly pleasant, mildly amusing fantasy.
June 8, 2009
Eddie Murphy and young Yara Shahidi make a strong comic pair in this amusing family film.