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Down and Derby Reviews

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Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 18, 2005
A simple pleasure from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
April 15, 2005
[A] decent old-school family film (with cuddly lessons and morals).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 15, 2005
Down and Derby is amusing enough to make a bit of money at the box office and become a shelf-stable DVD for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 14, 2005
It should be required viewing for moms and dads tempted to write their children's essays, create Power Point presentations for their science projects and build their Pinewood Derby cars.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 14, 2005
Down and Derby is a benign but good-hearted family comedy that offers a gender-switch on stage moms: derby dads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
March 8, 2013
Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
February 3, 2006
Does better on DVD than it did on the big screen, as long as your expectations aren't too high.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 13, 2005
The cornball humor and aw- shucks demeanor often make the Disney Channel seem edgy by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 18, 2005
Imbecilic, unreasonable and wretchedly unfunny.... The film is 5,580 seconds long, and not one of those seconds is believable.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 18, 2005
It's all about these fathers and how crazy they are.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 15, 2005
Typical for this type of family-skewing comedy, performances vacillate between engagingly broad and annoyingly overstated.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
April 15, 2005
Heads in predictable directions and illuminates little besides the process of crafting cars to compete in the Scouts' Pinewood Derby.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2005
Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
April 15, 2005
The Pinewood Derby is a tradition dating back more than 50 years, but it's doubtful Down and Derby will hang around for more than a week.
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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 15, 2005
Too often the movie defies description as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 15, 2005
Down and Derby has the look and feel of something that might turn up on a cable channel devoted to 'family-friendly' entertainment, where it might find a greater audience.
Read More | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 15, 2005
[The] family-friendly slapstick is pitched at such a manic high... that the results are more exhausting than amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 15, 2005
It has moments of fun, but... In racing terms, it limps toward the finish line and comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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