Down and Derby - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Down and Derby Reviews

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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2005
Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.
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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.
| Original Score: C
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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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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
The cartoonish movie might have made for a funny half-hour short or sitcom pilot but runs out of track well before its conclusion.
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
Like a snow cone with no syrup, Down and Derby leaves us high and dry in the moral-of-the-story department.
| Original Score: 1/5
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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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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 14, 2005
It's when adults with whitewashed notions of childhood get hold of a camera that kiddie fare -- like this uninspired effort from writer-director Eric Hendershoot -- goes limp.
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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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 14, 2005
An amiable, albeit somewhat lame family film.
| Original Score: C