The Spy Next Door Reviews

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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
July 13, 2012
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 19, 2010
Even the outtakes barely raise a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 15, 2010
Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 15, 2010
As for Mr. Chan, he has some passably choreographed bits with folding chairs, a bicycle and, later, some pots and pans at Gillian's house. But it's hardly enough to redeem -- or even make bearable -- this half-hearted hodgepodge.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 15, 2010
The script -- which took three people to write -- is barely coherent, and it's unclear whether Brian Levant was even on set when he directed. All that's left for us to enjoy are the action scenes, and frankly most of those are a little depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 15, 2010
Chan is actually a fairly likeable hero and his elocution, never great, is at least passable in this latest romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 15, 2010
Duller than a Monday night at the cobweb museum...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 15, 2010
Yet another lazily kid-pleasing comedy about a man unprepared for fatherhood who's suddenly saddled with children who hate his guts and whom he must win over in order to make time with their hot single mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 15, 2010
The plot may be forgettable, but the execution is frantic and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 14, 2010
Chan's traditional gag reel that rolls with the final credits offers the most entertainment.
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!
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 14, 2010
Chan's strong suit now is his skill as a comic actor, and Levant and his writers don't know how to tap it.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 14, 2010
The Spy Next Door makes The Pacifier look like Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 14, 2010
The film's so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 14, 2010
The Spy Next Door follows Brian Levant's long track record of pandering, PG-rated family comedies that look like bad TV (and sometimes are adapted from it)...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2010
The fight sequences (with obvious doubles) are anemic, and Chan's traditional outtakes over the closing credits wear pitifully thin.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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David Germain
Associated Press
January 13, 2010
This sad little movie is built entirely to set up Chan's stunt sequences as he fights with pots, pans, ladders and other found objects or hurtles stairways to chase bad guys. The action stuff is more tolerable than the jokes, but barely.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2010
Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 12, 2010
The Spy Next Door is immediately forgettable family entertainment, suitable for release only in the dung-heap month of January.
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January 11, 2010
It's a sad day for Jackie Chan fans when the action-comedy star is reduced to a vehicle as lame as The Spy Next Door.