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Kazaam Reviews

August 23, 2017
It's marketing, not moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 29, 2013
Are you bored yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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.
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.
January 22, 2002
The movie's producers could use a genie of their own. Surely, if granted three wishes, they could have produced a better film.
February 14, 2001
The gloomy psychology detracts from the film's magic elements.
January 1, 2000
As for Shaquille O'Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
One thing is for certain: When a genie movie doesn't come up with satisfying wishes, it's a sure sign it's not really interested in genies but in putting a seven-foot basketball player in a funny outfit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000
The story blares its lessons like a shameless after-school TV special.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4