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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.
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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
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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
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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-
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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.
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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.
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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.