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Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
February 16, 2002
Most of the jokes can be spotted a mile away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 15, 2002
Another so-called 'family film' that will only have appeal to a certain segment of the household unit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 14, 2002
The first thing to remember is that this is a fantasy. The second is that this is made for the pre-teen market and this type of thing is just their cup of tea.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
February 13, 2002
Collapses after 30 minutes into a slap-happy series of adolescent violence.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 12, 2002
This is one of the rarest kinds of films: a family-oriented non-Disney film that is actually funny without hitting below the belt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
February 11, 2002
Written, directed and acted in a style that recalls the worst live-action, Saturday-morning TV comedies of the 1970s.
| Original Score: 1/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
February 11, 2002
A good, solid family film. Youngsters should find it hilarious and adults should be suitably amused.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2002
[A]n utterly charming and hilarious film that reminded me of the best of the Disney comedies from the 60s.
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
February 11, 2002
Home Alone goes Hollywood, a funny premise until the kids start pulling off stunts not even Steven Spielberg would know how to do. Besides, real movie producers aren't this nice.
| Original Score: C+
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 10, 2002
A movie smallfry ages 6 to 10 think is terrific, and at the same time a movie that won't cause the accompanying parents to become homicidal.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 9, 2002
No earth-shattering accomplishment, but an unusually smart movie that the whole family can go to without a single person getting bored or talked down to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 9, 2002
An infinitely wittier version of the Home Alone formula.
| Original Score: 74/100
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
February 8, 2002
Strives for mediocrity and unfortunately succeeds in reaching that less-than-lofty goal.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 8, 2002
A pretty decent kid-pleasing, tolerable-to-adults lark of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Manages to be sweet and wickedly satisfying at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2002
So much better than this sort of thing usually is that it counts as a big fat surprise.
Top Critic
Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
February 8, 2002
Unless you're part of the Nickelodeon Nation, the cold, hard truth is you're better off dropping your 'tween at the multiplex and spending that hour and a half doing something more worthwhile.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 8, 2002
Not remotely realistic, but nevertheless moderately satisfying.
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2002
A children's movie that's almost worth seeing even when not accompanied by a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Damien Cave
Salon.com
February 8, 2002
Never pushes its pranks far enough to reach laugh-out-loud success and never gives its actors enough comedic support.
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