Kazaam Reviews

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August 23, 2017
It's marketing, not moviemaking.
May 29, 2013
In his Hollywood debut, Shaq more or less played himself as a coveted college center in William Friedkin's excellent Blue Chips. Kazaam is a compelling argument for keeping him on the court and as far away from a movie set as possible.
May 29, 2013
Are you bored yet?
May 29, 2013
I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect.
September 7, 2011
Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life.
March 26, 2009
Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds.
January 8, 2019
The movie looked lively and imaginative in the trailer that has been showing for months. Stretch it out to 92 minutes, though, and you realize that the entire thing was effectively and attractively squeezed into the preview.
July 22, 2014
Ultimately this is a kids-only affair.
May 29, 2013
Dismal.
May 29, 2013
It's hard to ignore the unpleasant implications of a scenario that involves a small white boy lording it over an African-American man twice his size.
May 29, 2013
Kazaam puts up a brick.
May 29, 2013
The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though.
May 29, 2013
Good ol' Shaq, the big happy galoot, makes you smile just by showing up. Because of him, Kazaam is a minimal kid-pleaser, but because the trailers made us dream of genie, we can't help being disappointed when we get a turbaned social worker.
May 8, 2008
January 14, 2005
December 28, 2004
Prime MST3K material, ripe for the ripping.
August 4, 2003
July 14, 2003
Horrible kids movie. The kid is annoying and there's no clever humor.
May 20, 2003
As fairy tale, buddy comedy, family drama, thriller or rap revue, Kazaam is simply uninspired and unconvincing, and Mr. O'Neal, who can carry a basketball team, lacks the charisma to rescue this misguided effort.
July 30, 2002
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