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The Spy Next Door Reviews

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John Gholson
February 10, 2012
If the lazy filmmakers don't care enough about their movie to offer at least one single original idea, then you shouldn't care enough to go see it.
October 22, 2010
This film plays it too safe and brings you only a smidgeon of charm and laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2010
Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 14, 2010
The Spy Next Door is precisely what you would expect from a PG-rated Jackie Chan comedy with that plot. If that's what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. It's not what I was looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 14, 2010
Chan's new all-ages vehicle is smooth like oatmeal. It's hard to imagine anyone being offended, except fans of good comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 22, 2010
It starts slowly and ends very predictably. In fact, the bloopers which come before the end credits are probably the best thing about it -- and that says a lot.
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
An uncomfortable journey for everyone involved.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 22, 2010
The closing credit outtakes are the best part of this feeble effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alicia Malone
FILMINK (Australia)
March 25, 2010
The slapstick comedy will amuse a young audience, but their parents will find it tedious.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
January 13, 2010
It's pitched at a pre-teen audience -- the only kind likely to enjoy Levant's cheap misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
March 15, 2010
You have been warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alexander Pashby
Little White Lies
March 22, 2010
Definitely one for the kids to watch on their own when it comes out on DVD.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 15, 2010
At some point, the social mores that functionally banned most other forms of ethnic stereotyping will catch up with the Slavs, a sad day indeed for middling screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 14, 2010
The Spy Next Door is so hokey that I couldn't help but wonder if I was watching a campy sendup. It opens with "Secret Agent Man," for god's sake!
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 15, 2010
Still fit and doing quite a few of his own stunts, Chan is an action hero with considerable charm.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 16, 2010
Just normal, common- or-garden, ready-salted bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 15, 2010
The Spy Next Door is bland, unassuming stuff for the kiddies. But few family films have Jackie Chan at their disposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
January 13, 2010
Everything about the movie is sub-sitcom level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 13, 2010
Following in Mr. Nanny and The Pacifier's turgid footsteps, Brian Levant's film mushifies Chan into a comedic parody of his rock-'em-sock-'em big-screen persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
January 21, 2010
When Jackie Chan gave up on acting and decided to retire, he didn't issue a press release, he made The Spy Next Door.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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