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Freaky Friday Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 18, 2008
Maybe it's only adults who'll get teary-eyed -- kids just wanna have fun. And they will.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2007
The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Nothing's really wrong here, but nor are there surprises.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2003
A likable but flimsy retread that's barely worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
The material here may not be the freshest, but screenwriters Heather Hach and the redoubtable Leslie Dixon have buffed the dialogue until it sparkles like the finest cubic zirconium, and the cast is game from top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennifer Frey
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
It's really a family film, deftly updated for the 2003 market, but still sweetly funny at its heart.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Cheerful, energetic and on the money.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 7, 2003
Fleet and funny,
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 2003
Curtis' and Lohan's performances are unpredictable and inspired, much fresher than the movie they're stuck in.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
August 7, 2003
Mildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2003
Jamie Lee Curtis gives good, goofy fun in this affable remake of a remake.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 7, 2003
The movie is laugh -out-loud funny and surprisingly touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 6, 2003
Freaky Friday pulls off the unexpected and offers one of the best family-friendly comedies in a summer that is rife with family movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
August 6, 2003
The trailers were terrible. The poster is even worse. But the movie? Not so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 6, 2003
The two actors effortlessly pull off the feat of depicting an alien inside the wrong body -- you immediately believe that this switch really happened.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 6, 2003
Freaky Friday triumphs by successfully striking comic notes when it could be making loud screeching noises.
| Original Score: 3/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2003
What could have been another teen/tween knockoff is transformed by Curtis, who puts her venerable, classy mug right in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2003
When it comes to light, kiddie fare, you could do a lot worse. And compared with the original Freaky Friday, the remake is a freakin' masterpiece.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 6, 2003
A showcase for the buoyant, antic spirit of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2003
It's a gimmick that's been adapted or copied countless times, but director Mark Waters fills the screen with color and the soundtrack with punky songs.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 6, 2003
[A] delightful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 6, 2003
Freaky Friday is Disney's best comedy in years.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 6, 2003
An unexpected delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 6, 2003
Cute, energetic and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2003
Watching Curtis gently cut loose is one of the low-key pleasures of the winsome generational comedy Freaky Friday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 6, 2003
Disney's new Freaky Friday may be a remake, but it ripples with far more creative zeal than this summer's slew of uninventive sequels, which are basically remakes in themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2003
Surprisingly decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 6, 2003
Good, wholesome fun with no pretense.
| Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 6, 2003
Wise but not too preachy, warm but never snuggly, it's also one of the funniest films this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 6, 2003
In happily embracing its contrivances, [the movie] proves mildly diverting.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2003
The old switcheroo still has the juice to teach and tickle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2003
Thanks to the inventive performances, smooth direction by Mark Waters and fresh script ideas by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, it actually has something to offer since the 1977 original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2003
[Freaky Friday] delivers scenes we can anticipate, but with more charm and wit than we expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 5, 2003
Freaky Friday is motion picture cotton candy -- sweet while it lasts, easily disposed of, and insubstantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 5, 2003
Blame Freaky screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon for the yellow-peril fantasies, and instead curl up with Rodgers's novel and its sequel, A Billion for Boris, which remain eminently enjoyable today.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 4, 2003
[I]t took me by surprise how affectionate I felt toward the characters.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 30, 2003
A funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2003
Plays the obvious gags in ways both surprising and imaginative.