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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Reviews

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Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
September 8, 2003
This is Spade's best effort in a long line of really bad solo projects, but the best parts of his film feature washed up actors and have nothing at all to do with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 8, 2003
In a world in which Gary Coleman-for-governor campaigns and dramatic TV movies about the rise of the Partridge Family really do exist, 'Dickie Roberts' is too late to have much impact.
| Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
September 8, 2003
Am I the only critic willing to talk about how offensive the elementary school spirit squad scene is?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
September 7, 2003
Even Dick Van Patten make an appearance. Who knew "Eight is Enough" referred to the number of authentic hairs on Dick's head?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 7, 2003
Has a surprising amount of heart, but heart doesn't replace good gags.
| Original Score: 68/100
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 7, 2003
The film has its moments, particularly when in satire mode. It's just too bad that not as much fun and imagination went into crafting and then fleshing out the main, predictable plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 7, 2003
What starts off as a biting comedy turns out to have a soft, squishy middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Every moment that's meant to be touching is laughable, but the moments when we're supposed to be laughing are just funny enough to carry the movie along.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 6, 2003
While most of the physical comedy is lazy and predictable...what surrounds it is a surprisingly charming diversion with a rather clever premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
September 6, 2003
...the shoddy execution of Dickie Roberts is about a dozen of whoopie cushions inferior to the insightful other sources that knew how to skew the outrageousness of this subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 6, 2003
Too hit-and-miss to score consistently, the film still offers plenty of strong laughs, along with a knowing take on celebrities and their foibles.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 6, 2003
I often found myself laughing in spite of no one, not even myself.
John Venable
Supercala.com
September 5, 2003
Worth the price of admission just to see the opening E! True Hollywood Story about Dickie, and the closing credits which feature every former child star from the past 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 5, 2003
Only the latest in a long line of forgettable, unfunny "comedies" in which we're supposed to care about some intrinsically unlikable slob.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 5, 2003
The movie may appeal to fans of Spade's trademark smug and blandly disaffected comic style. And his delivery occasionally fits the material. But too many segments are flat and schlocky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
September 5, 2003
Starts out strong but falters in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
September 5, 2003
This film is not the worst Spade has ever made. Remember Joe Dirt? Unfortunately, Dickie Roberts is just another forgettable film in his desperately-seeking -a-feature -film-career oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 5, 2003
Dickie Roberts, while certainly not a good movie, is a perfectly affable summer comedy, filled with nearly nonstop physical comedy and an impressive sprinkling of has-been celebrity cameos.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
September 5, 2003
Anyone who grew up watching television or revels in every episode of E! True Hollywood Story (and you know who you are) should enjoy this movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 5, 2003
A slightly better-than-average David Spade summer comedy that imparts its fair share of laughs but bogs down after a solid start and never makes anything special out of its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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