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Herbie: Fully Loaded Reviews

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Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
June 28, 2005
Its vibrating crowd scenes and splashy visuals will please the seven-to-12 set.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
I guess that wacky little car might amuse small children, but the special effects are surprisingly weak, the story is beyond clichéd and the attempt to wedge the hot NASCAR scene into the movie is just clumsy.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 24, 2005
Fully Loaded adds up to little more than a cynical marriage of marketable commodities -- Lohan, NASCAR and the durably profitable Bug himself.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 24, 2005
As serviceable an introduction as any to the notion of a sentient set of wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
This Herbie is loaded all right. Unfortunately, it's with spare parts from dozens of other equally mediocre underdog sports films.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2005
I personally did not hoot or chortle or chuckle or holler or wonder, not once.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 22, 2005
It's nice to see that Disney remembers its past, even if four decades of social change and global issues seem to have made no impact on it whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 22, 2005
Herbie feels modern in all the right places, with a young heroine whose presence on the track is never questioned or undermined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 22, 2005
All ends well, everyone gets what's coming to them, and any 9-year-old girl who does not stand on her seat cushion and cheer has remarkable self-control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 22, 2005
Lohan is practically a victim in her own car, helplessly trying to regain control of her possessed vehicle. It's like an update of Stephen King's Christine for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 22, 2005
Herbie: Fully Loaded is that modern rarity, a genial, sweet-natured family film, G-rated and proud of it, an old-fashioned Disney movie to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2005
Herbie is a G -- for good, if not grand.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 22, 2005
This remake is about half of a very likable film. But in movies (as in auto races) it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. And Herbie should have kept something in the tank for the late going.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 22, 2005
This isn't a movie for the ages, but it is a movie for young ages, the kind of film you can unashamedly take your kids to and know they're learning the magic of film.
| Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2005
Herbie is the kind of funny, frenetic family movie that really does offer something for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2005
The comedy is pleasant for a while, and it's a totally harmless movie for kids, but it runs mostly on a high-octane mix of slapstick comedy and special effects -- with little for discriminating moviegoers to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 22, 2005
Herbie: Fully Loaded proves that a movie about a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle with the engine of a rebel and a will of its own can still be a pedestrian outing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 22, 2005
Herbie maintains a special place in the heart of legions of little-boys-turned-men who love their cars like extensions of themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 22, 2005
Loaded does not address the fact that a car with superpowers in an auto race is a lot like a home run hitter who takes steroids. Herbie is the new Jose Canseco.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 22, 2005
A girlpower essay, feeble in its reach, unconvincing in its execution, cute in its tone, endless in its unspooling.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 22, 2005
We learn about the value of family, listening to your heart and, above all, the importance of corporate sponsorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 22, 2005
A bland piece of work, more so than the original.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2005
The movie is pretty cornball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 22, 2005
As that ancient Beetle with the number 53 on his hood reminds us, when it comes to good kiddie fare, it's about the heart, not the horsepower.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2005
There's something to be said for lowering your expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2005
Herbie moves along swiftly enough, but it suffers from a poor sense of direction and certainly can't keep pace with the original.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 22, 2005
Against all expectations and laws of loathsome overexposure, Herbie is a lot of fun.
| Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 22, 2005
Director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) is saddled with a committee-written script whose transmission sticks and even sputters at various intervals.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2005
While you won't care about the human characters, you may find yourself pulling for Herbie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 22, 2005
Though Lohan doesn't embarrass herself in a film in which she appears in virtually every frame, this tepid tribute to girl power hardly represents a step forward from Lohan's breakthrough roles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 22, 2005
Time has not been kind to Herbie.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 22, 2005
Herbie: Fully Loaded isn't painful, and, considering the possibilities, that's saying a lot.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 21, 2005
Herbie: Fully Loaded is a perfectly silly movie for a silly season that in recent years has forgotten how to be this silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 21, 2005
I suppose there are worse ways to spend a summer evening than in the company of this cast and the R2D2-like automobile, but hasn't the day of Herbie come and gone?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 20, 2005
Lindsay Lohan continues her reign as queen of Disney remakes.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2005
[It] will amuse kids, but this Bug is low on comic gas.