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Cheaper by the Dozen Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Levy directs what amounts to an almost plotless - and entirely pointless - slice of controlled chaos as if it were an expensive pilot for a TV sitcom.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2003
It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
This is a movie that knows its audience and realizes it doesn't need much of a story to hit that audience, literally, where it lives.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 25, 2003
So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 25, 2003
We are not only asked to find the barbarian Baker brood a model of familial loyalty and unconditional devotion, we're also asked to regard with contempt everyone else who does not share the Bakers' unbridled consumerist anarchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
December 25, 2003
Less a movie than a testament to marketing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2003
Indistinguishable from an Afterschool Special.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 25, 2003
It wastes Hunt's whiplash-quick timing and further reduces the once-wild, once-crazy Martin to the generic father figure he has collected checks for in too many recent movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 25, 2003
The cartoonish chaos will engage little ones, while Tom's struggle to balance career and home time should keep parents' eyes on the screen.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 25, 2003
This remake of the 1950 movie is a bubbling crockpot of farcical mush to warm the tummies of anyone who really and truly misses The Brady Bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
December 25, 2003
All you need to know about the slapdash, bogus kiddie flick Cheaper by the Dozen can be summed up by the fact that Ashton Kutcher, making a glorified cameo as a narcissistic model-slash- actor, is the best thing in it.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 25, 2003
There is not a frame of Cheaper that doesn't feel contrived. It fails the most fundamental test of movie logic.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 25, 2003
You don't so much watch this witless, charmless, pointless fiasco as sit hostage, waiting for it to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 25, 2003
Remember when we used to look forward to Steve Martin movies? Those days may be gone with Martin now relegated to messy slapstick comedies that strain to see whether they can be as sentimental as they are predictable.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 25, 2003
Hollywood has tried too hard, attempting to re-create organic family life through excessive artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 25, 2003
Most of Tom and Kate Baker's 12 children seem to have been flown in from a casting office in Burbank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 25, 2003
From playful mugging to tender affection, Martin exudes a strong star persona, and he and Hunt share romantic warmth despite a dearth of alone time.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 25, 2003
Fifty-three years of progress later, and this typifies the stuff that families have come to expect in the good name of entertainment -- the laughs are way down, but the decibel level has gone through the roof.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 25, 2003
Silly, noisy, comforting fun.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 25, 2003
A bad sitcom expanded to 98 excruciatingly unfunny minutes of family chaos, with Martin suffering every possible indignity and stain that can be inflicted on a good-guy daddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2003
Formulas are essential for any family of 12 children. Cheaper by the Dozen follows an abundance of formulas, all used before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2003
Lighthearted fun, providing little character bits for all of the family members.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 24, 2003
An uneven attempt to replicate the modest charms of an earlier Martin movie, Parenthood.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2003
Belongs to that old Hollywood genus and species -- comedicus genericus.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
December 23, 2003
Nobody here, especially Martin, looks as if he's having much fun, apart from a dizzy cameo by Ashton Kutcher.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 23, 2003
Knows no tone between schmaltzy / gooey and slapstick / gross-out.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 23, 2003
Comic brio triumphs over logic in a frothy holiday package that delivers just what you'd expect and then some, down to the inevitable end-credit outtakes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
December 23, 2003
Adapted from the 1949 memoir by two children of pioneering efficiency experts Frank and Lilliann Gilbreth, the film now has a title that doesn't really make sense, but it gets modern-day mileage for its even more improbable premise.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2003
A sprightly, shiny, updated fantasy of family togetherness and teamwork.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2003
In a culture that tells us we can have it all -- a career, financial security and a family -- Cheaper by the Dozen seems a tad anachronistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 22, 2003
[A] frequently funny and thoroughly inspired effort ...
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 1, 2003
The laughs are strictly budgeted in this TV-tuned family outing.