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The Pacifier Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 4, 2005
The director of Bringing Down the House and the writer and co-creator of Reno 911! fail to find anything funny outside of the diaper pail.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 23, 2005
Rarely are films produced without an ounce of motivation or purpose, yet The Pacifier was green-lit by one of the worldâ(TM)s largest corporations apparently without anyone realizing that nothing in it makes a lick of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2005
This premise is promising, but somehow the movie never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 3, 2005
Vin Diesel is better than the material, but, no matter how hard he tries, he can't rise above the puerile screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 4, 2005
The Pacifier is one of those movies that jams together two ideas that in the end don't work.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 3, 2005
Crude humor, weirdly homophobic insults, uncomfortably stereotyped bad guys, and a plot twist involving a swastika that the target age group won't understand or relate to.
| Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
July 9, 2005
Frankly, to call The Pacifier a "cookie cutter" movie is an insult to the folks who actually make cookie cutters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 4, 2005
Blah comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2005
Jokes never build, stagings are clumsy, and the whole thing feels as if it were slapped together in haste.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 7, 2005
It's so awful. This reminds me, every once in a while on television they'll show failed sitcom pilots that never got picked up by the networks, and this has the feel of something like that.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
March 9, 2005
Tommy Lee Jones and five cheerleaders; Vin Diesel and five toddlers. What's next? Harrison Ford and five crazy out of control nursing home patients?
Christian Toto
Washington Times
March 5, 2005
Vin Diesel makes a shaky foray into kiddie films with The Pacifier
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2005
Before parodying your action superstar image, don't you first have to be an action superstar?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 8, 2005
The Pacifier marks Vin Diesel's official descent into oblivion.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 3, 2005
Well there's 91 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 3, 2005
A truly gag-worthy comedy.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
March 3, 2005
Maybe it's a good thing the film is nearly a complete wreck, because it does provide a strong reminder just how much care and effort went into Kindergarten Cop.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Diesel has amply shown his star presence already, and he may even have a flair for comedy (if Hulk Hogan did, why shouldn't he?), but he gets no chance to prove it here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 7, 2005
The good news is that the film accelerates just when Vin Diesel's acting ability starts to wane.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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