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Problem Child Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2014
Sound funny? The filmmakers here think so. They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 14, 2014
It's misguided. It's not funny. And in its lame efforts to be irreverent and hip, it turns out to be just plain mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sue Heal
Radio Times
April 30, 2014
There is something offensive about using an unloved and rebellious child as the butt of bad jokes in this way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 30, 2014
The end is refreshingly less sentimental than it seems to be shaping up to be, but the film's ugly moments can't help but leave a bad taste.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2013
Some kids are born bad. Others achieve badness. And some have badness thrust upon them. The same can be said of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013
Smart beginning, witless ending.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2013
Inside Dennis Dugan's uncertainly staged, awkwardly sentimental Problem Child is another movie fighting to get out-one that's much meaner and probably more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Monty Smith
Empire Magazine
May 21, 2013
Pipsqueak comedy that does not have the courage of its own convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
May 21, 2013
It's too bad the editors of Problem Child couldn't have saved time and money by just putting the whole film through a shredder.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The rest of the kid's tricks are too unimaginative to be much fun -- though with jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
November 23, 2010
Antics of a diabolical child are neither valuable nor funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
July 29, 2010
The film gets so lost in angry pranks, it forgets to provide a reason why Junior shouldn't be hung from the nearest tree...The worst movie of all time? Problem Child.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Universal took a step in the right direction by whittling Problem Child down to just 81 minutes but didn't go far enough. The studio should have excised another 75 minutes and released this unbelievable mess as a short.
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Suzi Feay
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Enough to make you gag.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Grating, irritating, truly a problem movie calling itself a comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
August 30, 2004
As directed by the actor Dennis Dugan, everyone seems to be yelling their lines and making huge hand gestures instead of acting.
Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune
July 25, 2002
Child abuse
| Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dugan has a brisk, imaginative comic style; he sets up his gags well, so that there's still some surprise in the punch lines when they come.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There are amusing moments here and there and John Ritter offers an ingratiating performance, but that's about it.
Emanuel Levy
July 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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