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The Tooth Fairy Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 25, 2010
The one element that lifts this above utter tedium is the presence of Stephen Merchant as tooth-fairy administrator Tracy. That he manages to come away with his dignity intact is testament to his skill as a comedian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
February 1, 2010
Is there anything else to say except skip it?
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
January 23, 2010
CGI fairy dust, dippy tooth puns and a semi-amusing Billy Crystal cameo can't disguise the fact that this sugary distraction is as hollow as a cavity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 22, 2010
Tooth Fairy makes the mistake of having too many anxious hockey players remain on the ice after their shift has ended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 22, 2010
Like most family films nowadays, the movie squanders a lot of energy righteously huffing and puffing its message: let kids dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 22, 2010
As dental experiences go, Tooth Fairy doesn't hurt as much as you might think.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 22, 2010
The marvelously handsome wrestler-turned-actor -- proving once again better than the material he takes -- dons tights and a baby-blue satin tunic in the slight family comedy Tooth Fairy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
January 22, 2010
The problem is, Derek is not redeemable. Even after he's been to magic fairy land, he continues to behave like a jerk, because that is the natural state of his being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 22, 2010
One of the film's charms is the way it carries childhood mythology to its logical, if absurd extreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 22, 2010
Basically, if you've seen the ads, you've seen the only joke in this one-joke movie, although there are also endless groan-worthy gags about wings and teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 22, 2010
Kids won't mind any of The Tooth Fairy's flaws and will find the sight of burly Johnson in a pink tutu hilarious. Parents get a couple of clever gags that will make them forgive the filmmakers. And if we all remember to floss, everybody wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 22, 2010
Dwayne Johnson in shiny tights. Dwayne Johnson throwing around magic pixie dust. Dwayne Johnson flying around like a clumsy Tinkerbell. Wait. You're still not laughing?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 21, 2010
The motivation for this scenario, obviously, is that someone thought it would be hilarious to see The Rock wearing wings and a tutu. Not that I dispute this, but it's hardly enough to hang a movie on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 21, 2010
Tooth Fairy isn't half bad, outfitted with gently funny high jinks that place its brawny lead in progressively ridiculous circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
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January 21, 2010
A serendipitous combination of star (Dwayne Johnson), material and director (Michael Lembeck), this tale of an arrogant hockey player, forced to serve time in wings and a pastel-colored tutu, scores a goal for kids and adults alike.
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Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly
January 21, 2010
A clumsy fable populated with cloying kids and a predictable hold-on-to-your-dreams message.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 21, 2010
As you may have guessed, this is purely synthetic, assembly-line stuff, with messages like "Dreams are good for everyone." As a result Johnson overcompensates, amping up his typical enthusiasm until it feels uncharacteristically false.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 21, 2010
Although it starts out as a sports comedy, Tooth Fairy quickly turns into a shamelessly derivative fantasy about the value of making things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 21, 2010
Perhaps the best thing about it is the sight of a hulking Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a pink tutu and big feathery wings. Otherwise this silly story and barely there comedy is about as enjoyable as a root canal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2010
The Rock can't handle the tooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 21, 2010
Hey, how funny would it be to put Dwayne Johnson in ballerina slippers, pink tights, and a tutu? Not very. But here's the movie anyway, scarcely more than the pitch meeting that spawned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 21, 2010
For a bad, broad comedy, Tooth Fairy boasts a surprising number of positives. Which isn't to say that it's good, but it could be much, much worse.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 21, 2010
Director Michael Lembeck shows little imagination in what could have been a quirkier, more interesting kids tale. He does direct surprisingly good hockey sequences, though, including an overhead shot of an airborne tooth.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 21, 2010
Johnson's a game and antic presence, but saddled with this material -- credited to five screenwriters, including Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel -- he comes perilously close to tiring out the audience with all the nervous activity and the mugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 21, 2010
There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 20, 2010
Tooth Fairy is a strictly by-the-numbers affair, except when Merchant is clowning around. He doesn't make you enjoy the film so much as he makes you wish he acted more. Guess that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 20, 2010
It's a step backward for Johnson, a charismatic performer who was much better in Race to Witch Mountain. A few more films like this, and he may be back to professional wrestling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 20, 2010
As Fred Claus ham-fisted as this is, the glint of what might have been a cute kids' comedy still glimmers in random moments. But that Disney touch (which even Disney has trouble replicating) is missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4