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Big Daddy Reviews

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Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
It shifts from comedy to pathos and winds up sliding through whatever point it wants to make.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
How's this for a novel complaint: Big Daddy just isn't stupid enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
I wouldn't call it good, but I'd surely call it a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Kevin Maher
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
The simplistic shooting structure which slavishly separates comic set-pieces and plot exposition with musical montages doesn't help things.
Blake French
NutzWorld
April 4, 2001
worth the trip but not the ticket price
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A perfect case study in trying to please two entirely different crowds: the beer-guzzling college guys who make up the majority of Adam Sandler's fans and the unlucky dates who get dragged along to the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
There's no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Maybe Sandler is outgrowing these sophomoric slacker roles, but then again, why should he?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A flimsy sentimental comedy with more product plugs and fewer laughs than might have been hoped for.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Cheap emotions, sloppy writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The film offers its share of big laughs, but the serious side is sunk by mawkishness and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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January 1, 2000
The film's jokes, stretched out over 90 minutes, aren't that funny.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy is clear evidence that -- for the moment at least -- this pony doesn't need a new trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy shows that Sandler the movie persona may be ready for adulthood, but Sandler the moviemaker isn't getting any more mature.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Doesn't offer any of the quasi-adult charm of Sander's more recent The Wedding Singer or the wall-to-wall loopiness of last year's The Waterboy.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The kid is good, Mann and Swanson cut curvy figures and the ubiquitous Buscemi is a riot as a mercurial street bum.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 1, 2000
After seeing how funny and talented Sandler's fellow SNL alum Mike Myers is, Sandler's one note shtick seems pretty lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy doesn't generate a lot of big laughs. It has a throwaway sweetness, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
From how to ridicule poor, minimum wage clerks to how to cause bodily injury to innocent bystanders, Sandler lays it on thick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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