Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Reviews

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December 3, 2014
For a while, it looks as if the moral is going to be that negativity isn't all bad, which, for an American children's film, seems rather daring. Alas, the point is drowned out in a final chorus of affirmations.
October 23, 2014
This frenetic kids' comedy about a ker-razy family and all the wacky mishaps that befall them is neither terrible nor horrible. It's just adequate -- a message-heavy montage of chaos and engineered hilarity.
October 23, 2014
Decidedly mediocre yet hard to hate.
October 11, 2014
Like the source material, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that families just might find themselves revisiting often.
October 10, 2014
It's funny, fast, and charming.
October 10, 2014
The grownups grab a few legitimately funny bits, but it makes for strangely agitating, passive-aggressive matinee fare: perhaps you just have to enjoy watching rows breaking out more than this viewer does.
October 10, 2014
Arteta keeps the action speeding along while eliciting spot-on performances. Carell is at his discombobulated best, and Garner anchors the proceedings with aplomb.
October 10, 2014
There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so screwball that the film hurtles past its own mistakes. It's good fun.
October 10, 2014
This is where the comedy comes from: that lurking fear that even the most routine of daily domestic tasks is just a spilled coffee cup away from disaster.
October 10, 2014
"Alexander" won't change your day, but it's not terrible, horrible, no good or very bad, either.
October 10, 2014
It's a film where you start chuckling as soon as someone says something like, "I just want everything to be perfect tonight."
October 9, 2014
What the filmmakers come up with is a modestly likable mix of zany and gently warmhearted, even if they overdo both elements at times.
October 9, 2014
Not so terribly horrible. Not so terribly terrific either.
October 9, 2014
The latest example of a wonderful children's book turned into a mediocre movie.
October 9, 2014
Director Miguel Arteta, who's previous work is a mixed bag of television and film, gets almost everything right here, including bringing together a solid cast ...
October 9, 2014
While the laughs are predictable, this is sweet family fare.
October 9, 2014
Just another loud, boy-centric comedy aimed at 'tweens.
October 9, 2014
Stretches the book thinner than pizza dough and feels about as nutritious. Still, its intentions are good and so is its cast ...
October 9, 2014
A nice, pleasant, not bad, perfectly fine movie.
October 9, 2014
Miguel Arteta directs with a deft hand, and the performances charm.
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