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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Reviews

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 27, 2003
Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alex Pappademas
Village Voice
September 9, 2003
You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 8, 2003
Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey.
| Original Score: 2/4
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September 8, 2003
Just a platform for Spade to tell smutty jokes to kids, fall off bicycles, puncture waterbeds, and, oh yes, learn the real meaning of family.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 8, 2003
This movie is better than Lost and Found and Joe Dirt, but that's like saying a kick in the shins is better than a poke in the eye or a kick to the groin.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 6, 2003
I often found myself laughing in spite of no one, not even myself.
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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
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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
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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
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2003
It's a standard joke in screwy teen comedies, but for some reason it seems kind of fresh here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 5, 2003
[A] laugh-free comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
September 5, 2003
David Spade has two-thirds of a comic idea, and the jokes occasionally hit one of their hundred moving targets.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 5, 2003
A schmaltz sand wich, with a fill ing of family-friendly sap smushed between two slices of very funny E! True Hollywood Story- style schtick.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 5, 2003
Feels like an amusing Saturday Night Live sketch that overstays its welcome by a good 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
September 5, 2003
After a few initial pratfalls, the humor gives way to a saccharine pathos as Dickie is supposed to be growing up emotionally and becoming mutually attached to the family. Unbelievable conversations and stupid dance numbers replace the humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 5, 2003
A sweetly winning domestic comedy.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 5, 2003
Every bit the disposable piece of piffle you think it's going to be, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is nonetheless mildly enjoyable.
| Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 5, 2003
There are almost enough fresh elements to make the movie worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 5, 2003
A lot of it is painfully unfunny, but often for bizarre if not entertaining reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 5, 2003
Made with consummate carelessness but with occasional moments of knowing humor.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 5, 2003
Leave it writhing in the throes of forced humor.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 5, 2003
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star isn't so much a movie as a 90-minute Trivial Pursuit contest to name bit players from TV's distant past.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 5, 2003
There are laughs, to be sure, and some gleeful supporting performances, but after a promising start the movie sinks in a bog of sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 5, 2003
An amiable-enough Spade vehicle that lacks that certain something, but still manages to generate its fair share of giggles.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 5, 2003
Switches gears from toothless celebrity satire to gooey family dramedy.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 4, 2003
A nauseating bowl of treacle about a man who discovers heaven in his own backyard.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 4, 2003
A joke that gets beaten to death in the first five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 4, 2003
This sleek and sunny comedy is an all-too-rare example of smart and inventive Hollywood filmmaking.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 4, 2003
A comedy that's actually funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 4, 2003
Narrated in the style of an E! True Hollywood Story, the film is intermittently funny and strangely intermittent.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 4, 2003
Dickie Roberts doesn't fail totally, but Spade is such a lackadaisical comedian that what does end up having any appeal at all always seems to have happened by accident.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Dentino
L.A. Weekly
September 4, 2003
Saturday-morning special material.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2003
Director Sam Weisman knows the formulas and so do Spade and Wolf -- perhaps too well.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2003
Generally succeeds -- in hit-and-miss fashion -- at bridging the gap between unlikable jerk and misunderstood good guy, though it's still something of a leap to leading-man territory.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 3, 2003
An inside joke rather than a funny one.
Full Review | Original Score: C