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Big Daddy Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
June 2, 2008
This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking -- the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
This lightweight, bubblegum caper synthesises robust, physical humour, self-deprecation and witty one liners. The main problem, as with most other dumb boy pictures, is that the supporting characters are underwritten.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Funny-sweet, understand, not bleccchh sweet.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Worst of all is the way Sandler wants to have it both ways: to muck around in gross-out humor one minute and then turn schmaltzy the next minute with some fraudulent business about how much he loves the kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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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
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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
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy is surprisingly sentimental and consistently amusing.
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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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Adam Sandler's new comedy is being touted as a step forward for him, which I find funnier than anything in the movie.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy is all about Sonny's maturation, but there's nothing new or unexpected about Sandler's latest.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Gratuitously gross and/or provocative humor.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
Result is uneven; the story's more serious intentions often jar with the goofy sideshow.
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Jeffrey Wells
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Joey Lauren Adams smiles so damn much. It's like she's had this smile surgically sculpted onto her face, like Jack Nicholson's Joker in Batman.
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Big Daddy is easily the laziest, most slapdash and altogether crummy picture Sandler's done to date.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dismal. Lame. Not funny.
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January 1, 2000
The film's jokes, stretched out over 90 minutes, aren't that funny.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Adam Sandler's sweetness just busts out all over. It's a wondrous thing to watch.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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-
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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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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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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
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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
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
It's got the same kind of warmth as The Wedding Singer.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Sandler has remarkably little funny to do or say in Big Daddy!
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
The actors bring an appealing energy to their simplistic roles, enough so to wring laughs from the most Sandler-resistant audience members.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
There are tearful moments of orphan anxiety, with swelling score peaks you'd swear belong to the Julia Roberts movie playing next door.