Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
There's a discernible lack of enthusiasm from almost everyone involved, and Duff, who's gone from wholesome to haggard in two short years, is flat-out scary.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 3, 2007
This is definitely a family trip to stay home and skip.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
There's something pernicious about a toxic mix of sitcom and snickering sex jokes getting packaged and effectively sold as wholesome fun for the family.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2006
A family fantasy that plays at being happy and picture-perfect but primarily comes off as fake and dismayingly unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 29, 2005
I wonder how many meetings they had before they came up with that title. And didn't we just see this movie a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't it called Yours, Mine and Ours?
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
December 22, 2005
It aims to be pleasant and good-natured, which it is. There are enough laughs scattered throughout to keep everything moderately amusing, and the cast is likeable.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2005
While their last movie relied on boisterous physical humor, this is built on a family feud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2005
The movie may play better on video screens in the back of minivans, but I suspect even seat-belted children will remain unimpressed.
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
December 21, 2005
Sequels tend to be stupider by the dozen, and part two is perhaps overshadowed only by the banality and pointlessness of say, Leprechaun 6.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 21, 2005
Steve Martin is kind of like your uncle who still gets to play quarterback during the holiday family football game, even though he hasn't thrown a touchdown since 1992.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 21, 2005
With three inspired comics -- Martin, Levy and Hunt -- as the adult leads, Cheaper 2 is not an entirely wearing experience. But its predictability borders on the insulting.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 21, 2005
Two Dozens and Ours together don't have a dozen laughs between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2005
Moviegoers who enjoyed the PG anarchy the first time around should find amusement in the second Dozen. If the last picture left you with a migraine and a sense of claustrophobia, the sequel will be another bout of pain.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 21, 2005
If the creators seem lethally bored with their product, most viewers will find their patience tested, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 21, 2005
A cheerless sequel to an uninspired remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 21, 2005
Cheaper By the Dozen 2 dishes sweetness and sentimentality in holiday-sized portions. It has its heart in the right place. Too bad it only fitfully locates its funny bone.
| Original Score: C
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2005
In this Hollywood fantasy about a family with 12 kids, nobody does chores, we never see dirty dishes and mom (Bonnie Hunt) is always immaculately groomed, dressed and smiling June Cleaver-style, right down to the tasteful string of pearls.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 21, 2005
The only ones who are likely to have any investment in all this would be the on-set caterers, who probably bought their own vacation homes after preparing meals for 24.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2005
Cute kids. Harried fathers. Wise, understanding mothers. Some stupid pet tricks. A little girl falls in love. Over-protective father messes things up. Money isn't everything. Tender moments. And lots of pratfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2005
Sure ain't a movie. Nope, it's a product, pure and very simple and carefully tested to sell to the widest possible market.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2005
All the characters get in fights but, SPOILER ALERT, everything ends with hugs, violins, good wishes and warm hearts.
| Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2005
As I watched this sequel, a certain good feeling began to make itself known. Yes, the movie is unnecessary. However, it is unnecessary at a higher level of warmth and humor than the recent remake Yours, Mine and Ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2005
Noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, and piously sentimental, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is what passes for wholesome family entertainment these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 20, 2005
Bland, canned but studiously professional.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 20, 2005
Give Dozen a slight edge to the mournful Yours, Mine & Ours as a holiday season bottom-feeder, because Martin and Levy are better at slapstick than Dennis Quaid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2005
Many families are likely to find Cheaper by the Dozen 2 a holiday treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2005
A harmless, inoffensive bit of family programming during the holiday season -- and there's nothing wrong with that. But 'harmless' doesn't have to mean dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
December 20, 2005
This messy blend of silly slapstick and oversentimentality probably won't please children, teenagers or adults.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 20, 2005
Heed my warning: Unless you guys stop going en masse to movies like the first Cheaper by the Dozen, genuinely funny people like Hunt, Martin and Levy will forever be forced to pay their heating bills doing bland franchise fillers like this.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 20, 2005
A textbook example of how not to mess with success, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is every bit as forced, synthetic, banal and mawkish as the first edition.