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Daddy Day Care Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 13, 2003
[Murphy's] charming enough in this restrained mode.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 12, 2003
It's one of the worst movies of the year.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 9, 2003
Murphy is so oddly bland in Daddy Day Care that it seems like he sleepwalked through the making of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
Tepid attempt at comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
May 9, 2003
Daddy Day Care doesn't rank with the most awful of the Murphy turkeys, but it's definitely flat as a pancake, fueled by bathroom humor, listless pratfalls and recycled, borderline-offensive jokes about the ineptitude of men as caretakers.
| Original Score: 2/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2003
A harmless and amusing summer comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 9, 2003
Murphy looks comatose delivering the played-out poopy jokes.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2003
I don't know whether [Murphy] has lost his mojo, or just his edge. I just hope he finds it before his next movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 9, 2003
It's pitched at kids, but adults will be guffawing too.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 9, 2003
Murphy is now as sweet and safe as Jell-O pudding. And about as exciting.
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
May 9, 2003
Daddy Day Care is one of those 'trailer' movies: All the good stuff, such as it is, is shown in the previews. But padded to feature length, the movie is mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 9, 2003
Eddie Murphy hasn't made a good movie in so long, I'm starting to think his bad choices are deliberate.
| Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 9, 2003
Family films we need. Films like this, we never need.
| Original Score: D-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 9, 2003
A scentless bouquet of potty jokes, crotch kicks, and Scooter-P.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 9, 2003
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 9, 2003
Made with care and intelligence as well as a sense of fun.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 9, 2003
The humor is strictly potty-level, with its biggest laughs reserved for pee-pee gags and the inevitable gas-passing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
Easy-on-the -sensibilities family film.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 9, 2003
Rent Mr. Mom instead, and have a family night in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 9, 2003
Daddy Day Care may communicate with kids, too, but it should have spent a little more time communing with the comedy gods.
| Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2003
A film so wrong-headed audiences will be more appalled than amused.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2003
Nothing that happens in the story will surprise anyone who's been watching movies for longer than the last two weeks.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 9, 2003
The most astonishing thing about Daddy Day Care, a comedy that would have to work harder even to justify the appellation uninspired, is that a kick in the groin is now a joke for toddlers.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 9, 2003
If you attend the movie with your expectations lowered by Murphy's recent films, you'll be reasonably amused.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 9, 2003
Only really little tykes will find the surplus of pratfalls and poo and fart jokes a hoot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 8, 2003
Audiences ready, willing and able to find their inner four-year-old may have a decent time at 'Daddy Day Care,' but others are likely to find Eddie Murphy's latest foray into kidpicdom scarcely more amusing than spending 90 minutes in a pre-K classroom.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2003
I laughed a couple of times, but mostly I was bored out of my mind and not a little depressed.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2003
It's saddening to watch the majestic Ms. Huston reduced to playing a robotic comedy target that exists just to be ridiculed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2003
A pleasant if predictable romp.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 8, 2003
This is Eddie in the comfort zone, coasting on riffs and bits lifted from Mr. Mom and Kindergarten Cop.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 8, 2003
Those wishing to contribute to the ongoing prosperity of a shamefully wasted natural resource will find a mortified movie badly in need of potty training and a star who has attained the American Dream of doing the least work for the most amount of money.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 8, 2003
Aimed at viewers young enough still to need day care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
May 8, 2003
Daddy Day Care feels like a movie cribbed together from outtakes of other hapless Hollywood comedies.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2003
A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 8, 2003
It's Jackass for the pre-juvie crowd.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 7, 2003
It takes a strong stomach to hold down what Daddy Day Care force-feeds its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 7, 2003
The adult actors ... crawl without security blankets through a playpen script by Geoff Rodkey (who once stayed home with his son while his wife worked!) and Simon Says direction by Steve Carr.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 5, 2003
This is a family film that refuses to entertain any family member over age 10.