Bedtime Stories (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though it may earns some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work.

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The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.
PG (for some mild rude humor and mild language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Adam Sandler
as Skeeter
Richard Griffiths
as Barry Nottingham
Guy Pearce
as Kendall
Russell Brand
as Mickey
Jonathan Pryce
as Marty Bronson
Teresa Palmer
as Violet Nottingham
Aisha Tyler
as Donna Hynde
Nick Swardson
as Engineer
Kathryn Joosten
as Mrs. Dixon
Allen Covert
as Ferrari Guy
Carmen Electra
as Hot Girl
Tim Herlihy
as Young Barry Nottingham
Thomas Hoffman
as Young Skeeter
Melany Mitchell
as Young Mrs. Dixon
Andrew Collins
as Young Mr. Dixon
Blake Clark
as Biker
Paul Dooley
as Hot Dog Vendor
Mikey Post
as Angry Dwarf
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Critic Reviews for Bedtime Stories

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (32)

It descends into pathos, undermined by an insipid romantic subplot and the usual platitudinous guff about self-belief.

Full Review… | January 4, 2009
Time Out
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The twitchy anxiety that once powered his persona has given way to a doughy anonymity.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

For a creative premise, it's downright dispiriting to see such a banal interpretation.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Top Critic

It's a delightfully innocent movie that the actor can actually show to his two baby daughters without blushing.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Bedtime Stories

Very sweet and funny movie. Adam has to babysit his niece and nephew. He reads them bedtime stories which come true, so he tries to get them to tell stories that will help him in real life, such as getting a friend and the job at the hotel that he was promised. Full of fun - castles, cowboys, gladiators, aliens and mermaids. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Well I was expecting or hoping for a witty, sarcastic Sandler film but alas as it turns out this IS actually for kids. Its very tame, very silly and childish...its for kids haha Nothing wrong with the film atall, a nice gentle story with fantasy elements and nice visual effects, kids will enjoy it im sure. Apart from some very nice looking girls there isnt too much for the adults. Russell Brand makes his film debut (I'm guessing) here, I was horrified to see him but there you go, he wasn't too bad actually, shows he can be a normal person instead of a prat. Take the family.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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The movie's premise is more interesting than the movie itself. It's a bit too kid friendly to be classed as a family movie and essentialy its another unfunny Adam Sandler flick.

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