Little Nicky


Little Nicky (2000)


Critic Consensus: Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.


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The youngest child of the family often has the most problems -- so why should things be different for the Prince of Darkness and his offspring? Satan (Harvey Keitel) is considering retirement, and is pondering which of his sons should take over the family business -- ambitious Adrian (Rhys Ifans), strapping Cassius (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), or Nicky (Adam Sandler), an accident-prone demon who prefers to stay in his room playing his favorite heavy metal tunes. When Satan decides to stay on for another 10,000 years, Adrian is outraged, and leaves Hell to go to New York, where he and Cassius attempt to round up enough souls to vote Satan out of power. Satan, understandably upset, sends Nicky to bring Adrian and Cassius back home, but Nicky finds life on Earth is more complicated than he expected. Things don't get any easier when he develops a crush on Valerie (Patricia Arquette), a good-hearted mortal woman. Little Nicky also features Michael McKean as a city official trying to put Nicky behind bars, Kevin Nealon as Hell's gatekeeper, Rodney Dangerfield as Satan's father, Robert Smigel as the voice of Beefy -- a talking dog who is Nicky's guide on earth, Allen Covert as Todd -- Nicky's new roommate, and Peter Dante and Jonathan Loughran as a pair of metalheads who dig Satan. Jon Lovitz and Reese Witherspoon play cameo roles, and Regis Philbin and Ozzy Osbourne appear as themselves.

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Critic Reviews for Little Nicky

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (29)

Has an enormous cast of stars, including Harvey Keitel as daddy devil. But even the stars couldn't brighten up this flick.

Jun 19, 2002 | Rating: D | Full Review…

It would be hyperbole to argue that the road to movie hell is entirely paved with Adam Sandler's crude intentions -- but the guy sure has made a heck of a start.

Mar 22, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Where's Sandler in all this? Lost in gimmicks that smack of desperation.

Jun 4, 2001 | Rating: 1/5

What could be worse than a bad Sandler comedy? How about a bad Sandler comedy with special effects?

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: D

The story plods along, punctuated by gags that are more silly than inventive.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5

I can enjoy a dumb, raunchy comedy as much as the next classless viewer. But it has to be funny, and Little Nicky isn't.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Nicky

Little Nicky is yet another lame Adam Sandler comedy. Though there were some aspects of the film I enjoyed, as a whole, the film failed as a comedy. The comedic elements are very poor, as well as the acting. The cast are dull, boring and annoying. The high point of the film is Ozzy Osbourne's cameo. Even with, it doesn't save the film from being a total misfire. Adam Sandler displays a tired out comedy routine with Little Nicky, thus the film suffers from poor comedy, which gets tiring very quickly. I laughed a few times; unfortunately this is not a film that you can laugh over and over. Little has stood the test of time, and the comedic elements are tired, sloppy and plainly stupid. The comedy came out when I was still in High school, so I loved it back then, as an adult in my mid twenties, I view it now as an awful comedy with nothing really to enjoy, aside from the metal music used and Ozzy's cameo. Other than those two elements, the film is bad, forgettable, with a poor cast. This could have been a funny film if it wasn't for Sandler and the usual cast that he stars with. I found them to be quite dry, and they really didn't deliver any laughs. Little Nicky is a boring, forgettable comedy that hasn't stood the test of time. I hated the film, and thought it was a wasted opportunity to do something great. The film really disappointed me, and is one of Sandler's worst.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This was the first movie I saw on a date in middle school, and even then I didn't think it was funny. Plain stupid.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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Another Adam Sandler classic!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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This comedy film in hell is bored and brings lack of laughs. Adam Sandler is a good actor although I do consider him an acquired tastes and this is definitely not his finest hour. Another problem is that the film looks incredibly ugly. The production is awful. Hell looks, for lack of a better and less offensive term, retarded. There is around 3 sets I've noticed. Nicky's room, the entrance to hell, and the throne. The cast boasts wasted cameos and small parts, including Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Lovitz (who goes to hell in the first scene), Reese Witherspoon in a remarkably cute role as Nicky's angel mother, Quentin Tarantino, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Schneider. The duds for the most part get out of the way to make room for better things, including spot-on support from Harvey Keitel as a Devil Dad and Patricia Arquette as the design student love interest with no design sense. It's got a plot, effects and jokes. what more do you want?

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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